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Update: Bomb threat at Willard City Schools

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 12:08 AM

(Updated at 11:45 p.m.)  Authorities interviewed and arrested a Willard City Schools student in connection with a bomb threat Tuesday.

At the end of the school day, the Willard Police Department received a report in connection with a threat that indicated “a bomb would be detonated in the school” at a specific time. The threat was written on a bathroom wall inside the school.

Police sent a request for a bomb-sniffing dog to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and three police dogs were dispatched to the school, which was evacuated.

The Willard Times-Junction reported that Willard schools were searched overnight for bombs.

Willard City Manager Jim Ludban told the Reflector that “no devices found” during the search, however “the investigation continues.”

“While the school was being cleared, officers interviewed a suspect. A 14-year-old Willard student was taken into custody,” police Chief Shannon Chaffins said in a prepared statement.

The student is being held in an undisclosed juvenile detention facility awaiting formal charges.

Ludban said school resumed Tuesday since the incident occurred at the end of the day Tuesday and police had the building searched and secured before Wednesday class times. 

“We had an extra presence of officers in the school (Wednesday), but that's just to make people feel better and safer,” he said.

Ludban said there were “no reports” of students or the community feeling uneasy about going back to school Wednesday

“I’m not sure they even knew what was going on since it was so late in the day,” the city manager added. “I think that the police department was quick to respond to it.”

“The Willard Police Department would like to thank the individuals (who) came forward with information to assist in this case. The department would also like to thank the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Willard City Schools employees for their assistance,” Chaffins said.

Anyone with any further information is encouraged to call the Willard Police Department at 419-933-2571.

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(Updated at 11:45 a.m.) Authorities interviewed and arrested a Willard City Schools student in connection with a bomb threat Tuesday.

At the end of the school day, the Willard Police Department received a report in connection with a threat that indicated “a bomb would be detonated in the school” at a specific time. The threat was written on a bathroom wall inside the school.

Police sent a request for a bomb-sniffing dog to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and three police dogs were dispatched to the school, which was evacuated.

“While the school was being cleared, officers interviewed a suspect. A 14-year-old Willard student was taken into custody,” Chief Shannon Chaffins said in a prepared statement.

The student is being held in an undisclosed juvenile detention facility awaiting formal charges.

“The Willard Police Department would like to thank the individuals (who) came forward with information to assist in this case. The department would also like to thank the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Willard City Schools employees for their assistance,” Chaffins said.

Anyone with any further information is encouraged to call the Willard Police Department at 419-933-2571 or use the tip-line at 419-933-6110.

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(Original story) The Willard Times-Junction is reporting that Willard schools were searched overnight for bombs and the school district told the paper a juvenile is being held in connection with the search.

The Norwalk Reflector will update this story later today.

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