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UPDATE: Waterford schools dismissed for the day after threats

Published: May. 6, 2021 at 2:46 PM EDT|Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 2:33 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - Schools in Waterford were dismissed late Friday morning after a series of calls about bomb threats and an active shooter.

Doug Baldwin, Superintendent of Wolf Creek Local Schools, says the first call was a bomb threat. Washington County Chief Deputy Mark Warden earlier said the threat was directed at Waterford High School.

Baldwin says Waterford Elementary and Waterford High Schools went into lockdown, and, as was the case with a similar threat Thursday, law enforcement officers and bomb searching dogs were called to the school. No bomb was found.

A second call was made to the school, this time claiming a shooter was on the grounds, followed by a call about another bomb threat. Baldwin says, with the sheriff’s department still on site, the buildings remained on lockdown.

At 11:30 A.M., the decision was made to dismiss classes for the day.

Baldwin says the school’s technology staff tracked down the number the calls came from. Warden earlier said the first call of the day came from the same number as Thursday’s threat.

An investigation is under way.

The superintendent says weekend activities are currently scheduled to take place as planned, and classes are expected to resume Monday.

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Update: 5/7/2021

A second bomb threat has been directed at Waterford High School.

Washington County Chief Deputy Mark Warden says the call came in Friday morning at 8:10 A.M.

Warden says while the high school was targeted, Waterford Elementary was also evacuated.

Nearby Fort Frye and Beverly Elementary Schools are in “shelter-in-place” status.

Detectives are on the scene, as are crime dogs from Washington and Muskingum Counties and Ohio University. Warden says the call came from the same phone number as Thursday’s threat.

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UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

Bomb sniffing dogs found nothing in Waterford High School after a bomb threat was made Thursday afternoon.

Chief Deputy Warden of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said students are cleared to return to the school on Friday.

Law enforcement left the area around 4 p.m.

Authorities tell us they are still investigating the threat.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Ohio University Police Department responded to the scene.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Waterford High School has been evacuated after an apparent bomb threat was made Thursday afternoon.

Chief Deputy Mark Warden of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said a male caller made the threat around 1:44 p.m. and the sheriff’s department was called shortly after.

Deputies were on site with a bomb sniffing dog when WTAP spoke to Warden around 2:30 p.m.

Warden said two more dogs were on their way from Ohio University.

In addition to Waterford High’s evacuation, authorities said Fort Frye High School, Waterford Elementary, and Beverly-Center Elementary were put on lockdown as a result of the threat.

This is a developing story. Stay with us as we learn more.

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