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Threats target at least five local schools

Students evacuate Oakdale Elementary. (FOX19 NOW) Students evacuate Oakdale Elementary. (FOX19 NOW)
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Five separate schools across the Tri-State were targeted with threats Wednesday morning.

Officials with Talawanda School District, Oakdale Elementary, Edgewood City Schools, Denver Place Elementary and Summerside Elementary say all students and staff are safe. 

Homeland Security is monitoring the bomb threat scares in southwest Ohio, according to spokesperson Dustyn Fox. Local agencies and the Fusion Center are investigating.

A call from what sounded like a digital or computer generated voice was placed to Edgewood City Schools around 10 a.m., the Butler County Sheriff’s Office reports.

“He or she said there were some explosives in one of the schools but would not say which one.  The caller hung up and the schools began their evacuations,” said Specialist Mike Grimes. The schools were checked and nothing suspicious was found. High schoolers were permitted to leave if they had properly signed out. Students at the elementary and middle schools returned to class.

Students at Oakdale elementary were evacuated from the school around 9:55 a.m. after a reported bomb threat, according to Green Township Police. Parents were informed of the threats via email and instructed to pick up children from the Christ Hospital Medical Associates parking lot.

Summerside Elementary students and staff were evacuated around 9:50 a.m. for a reported threat. Bomb dogs responded and the building was deemed safe by Union Township Police and Fire officials, according to West Clermont Local Schools. Students returned to class about an hour and a half later.

A person called the Talawanda School and made a vague threat Wednesday morning, according to Holly Morisch, a spokesperson with the school. She said the threat was not specific to a school. The district investigated and found it was not credible. Parents were notified in a phone call and the school day operated as usual.

Here is the full statement from Morisch:

The THS Administration received a report early this morning that an unidentified person may be a threat to a school in Butler County. The THS Administration contacted our district SRO, and local law enforcement immediately, and initiated school district safety procedures. Law enforcement responded, conducted an investigation and determined there was not a threat at the THS site. The threat is unsubstantiated and there is no credible evidence that there is any danger to Talawanda students. Talawanda School District is operating on a regular schedule today.

Denver Place Elementary School was evacuated around 10:30 a.m. due to a bomb threat, according to a Wilmington City Schools spokesperson. After being transported to a safe place, students were dismissed to parents around 11:30 a.m. All other Wilmington Schools operated as usual. 

This story will continue to be updated as more details are released.

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