MCGUFFEY — Upper Scioto Valley schools was evacuated for a short time Wednesday after a student found “bomb threat” written on a restroom wall.
The student reported it to a teacher around noon, said superintendent Mike Kis.
“Right now it’s all still under investigation. So the sheriff’s department is looking into it. We’re investigating through the use of cameras and stuff who went in. … We have a few names. It was not in the high school wing, and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t a high school student. So, it seems to have been a hoax or a prank, but we’re still looking into it,” said Kis.
Dealing with threats like this puts the educational process in jeopardy.
“They’re extremely disruptive and it builds a little bit of fear with people. Our staff, the teachers, when they took the kids out to the rendezvous area, they turned it into a pep rally and used it as an opportunity to just build the kids up and try to turn it into something positive with the kids so that they could alleviate fears. They did a great job,” he said.
Kis would not say if the threat occurred in a boys or girls restroom or what building it happened in.
“We’re pretty sure it was a very young student who was trying to be silly and so discipline will take place according to the child’s age and things like that. I think it’s important to note it wasn’t a high school student and that there wasn’t any way for this child to follow through with those words,” he said.
Kis says staff handled things professionally.
“I want to tell parents that our schools are safe, that we have evacuation protocols and we have safety protocols that were followed, and everything took place quickly and efficiently. There’s always room to learn through this kind of a thing, how can we improve it, how can we make it even better, and we’re doing the best job that we can,” he said.
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