Threat Prompts Evacuation Of Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools


UPDATED: Thursday April 25, 2013 5:37 PM

AMANDA, Ohio - Several fire officials were on scene of the Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools after a threat was reported Thursday.

A threat, written on a bathroom door, prompted the evacuation of the 1,300 students from the district’s third through 12th grades.

According to Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen, an employee of the school found the message at about 9:45 a.m.

The message allegedly read, “school go bomb 4-29-13.”

Students were held at a kindergarten building for more than three hours until the building was given the all-clear.

Because the area had no bomb-sniffing dogs, the district had to wait for dogs from Columbus and the U.S. Marshal’s Office to arrive.

During the evacuation, the students were given no food or water for hours.

According to the district superintendent, he was told to not feed the students because the food could impact the bomb-sniffing dogs.

School officials said they sent out an automatic message to parents telling them about the safety issues, but many parents said they never received it and rushed to the school.

The school said it was reviewing its evacuation plan to see if any changes need to be made.

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