August 21, 2014

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School officials, police investigate threats in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — School officials and police are investigating a number of threatening Facebook and YouTube postings that allege some type of harm or violence will occur at North Ridgeville High School.

To date, nothing has occurred, but heightened security measures are being taken including an increased police presence, according to Bill Green, the district’s executive director of business services.

“These measures will continue and we are looking to add more through the holidays,” Green said today.

Green declined to discuss specifics of other security measures being taken or considered at the high school.

“We don’t want to tip our hand to the possible perpetrators,” Green said.

School officials believe the online threats are being made by “past and present students” at the high school, Green said.

“We are getting an increasing number of these types of threats,” Green said.

Officials have met with parents of students suspected of making the threats, but no other action has yet been taken, Green said.

He declined to discuss specifics of the threats but said they all point to a specific date in the future.

“They are general threats concerning the high school,” Green said.

“I can say they discuss doing harm but we do not know by what methods,” Green said.

Asked whether the school system was considering installing metal detectors at the school, Green said “that option hasn’t been discussed but we wouldn’t rule it out, either.”

According to Green, concerned parents have been informed of the threats through the school’s automated “alert now” system that sends messages by phone.

“It’s a way to get messages out to a large number of people in a short amount of time,” Green said.

School officials are working with police, including Officer Calvin Cross, who recently succeeded Sgt. Adam Freas as the department’s school resource officer, according to Green.

“He’s working primarily at the high school now, and he calls in additional officers as necessary,” Green said.