April 24, 2014

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Ridgeville student suspended after threat

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A seventh-grade student who left a threatening message on several school computers Thursday was suspended for 10 days, school officials said.

The student, who was not identified, was suspended faces the possibility of expulsion after police determined he typed a threatening message referencing a bomb being at North Ridgeville Middle School on several computers in the school’s computer lab.

The messages were found shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday by a group of students entering the lab for class.

Superintendent Michael Tefs said a fire alarm was immediately used to evacuate the building of about 800 students. Students were sent to nearby St. Peters School until police, fire and school officials searched the school for any signs of explosives.

After about 45 minutes, students were allowed to return to class as the threat was deemed a hoax.

Afterward, officers immediately began investigating who left the message. Students were narrowed down based on who logged into the lab just before the message was found.

The student confessed when questioned but gave no reason as to why he left the threat, Tefs said.

This is the fourth threat toward a school in the district this year. In each instance, a student was found to be responsible and suspended as a result.