HIGH ALERT: Homeland Security Issues Major Warning About Schools Across This State… Spread This
The Ohio Department of Homeland Security is on high alert as numerous bomb threats have been called in to several districts in the state in recent weeks.
The most recent threats on Wednesday forced the evacuation of three sites: Oakdale Elementary School in Cincinnati, Edgewood Schools in Butler County and Summerside Elementary School in Union Township.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that all three threats were called in by a digital voice within five minutes of each other beginning at 9:50 a.m. at Summerside, 9:55 a.m. at Oakdale and 10 a.m. at Edgewood.
In a news release, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones stated that though investigators are unsure if the threats were called in by the same person, the situation was being investigated by the Ohio departments of Homeland Security and Education, the FBI and local officials.
According to WBNS, the Ohio Department of Homeland Security suspected the calls were a form of “swatting,” in which callers falsely report a threat to force SWAT units and other emergency units to respond. However, when it became aware of multiple incidents across the state, it requested the Ohio Department of Education to send an alert to every school district in Ohio.