Hilliard schools develop plan to keep students safe from threats


The Educator's School Safety Network reports in the 2016-17 school year, Ohio led the nation when it comes to violent threats.

Hilliard schools superintendent Dr. John Marschhausen and police chief Robert Fisher have created a joint safety task force to share information and keep students safe.

Police say it begins with a zero tolerance policy toward school threats. Chief Fisher says around here, "I was just kidding" doesn't cut it.

“This is not something to joke about. This is a very serious issue and it's not something to play around with,” he said.

The data shows Ohio's high schools are most affected, but it may surprise you to learn elementary schools actually received more threats than middle schools.

The majority of threats were discovered at school, and 87 percent of those threats were found in a restroom.

How are Ohio's school districts responding to bomb threats? In 89 percent of the cases, school districts ordered a full evacuation. Only a small handful of districts canceled classes altogether.

Officer Jon Gleason knows social media is one of the best lines of defense to keep students safe from threats.

“They're leaving bread crumbs and evidence of what happened and that, in some cases, makes it easier,” he said.

Everyone in the Hilliard School District, from teachers to school bus drivers, have taken part in safety training but Officer Gleason knows if something bad is about to happen, the kids will know first.

He's confident if it ever came to that, the kids would come to him.