Wilmington City Schools to reopen amid multi-jurisdictional police investigation

The district is implementing added security measures.
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 10:55 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2022 at 5:37 AM EDT
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CLINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A multi-agency investigation is underway after a social media threat involving Wilmington High School prompted the district to close schools Tuesday.

Superintendent Jim Brady announced Tuesday evening that schools will be open Wednesday.

“After extensive dialog with the Wilmington PD, they have indicated that we are cleared to return to normal operations,” Brady said.

Police will have an extra security presence throughout the district Wednesday as an “added measure,” according to the superintendent.

Wilmington police previously said they had been called by a mother who overheard her child talking about threats made on social media.

The alleged threats made toward Wilmington City School District students resulted in Brady deciding to cancel classes Tuesday.

The threats are allegedly tied to a juvenile-involved shooting that happened a week earlier.

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Police explained the threats originated in Blanchester.

Due to that fact, Wilmington police said they involved the Blanchester Police Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilmington Chief of Police Ronald Fithen said, “This is going to be a multi-agency investigation, and the Wilmington Police Department will assist as needed. Based on the information provided to us and practicing extreme caution, Mr. Brady made the decision to close the schools, which is very appropriate in this case.

On Monday, Brady said closing the school Tuesday gives police more time to investigate the alleged threats.

Brady did not comment on the status of the investigation in his statement Tuesday evening.

It’s unclear whether any suspects have been identified or arrests made. Wilmington police said they will have more information Wednesday.

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