December 17, 2014

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UPDATED: Sheffield Middle School deemed safe following bomb threat

Sheffield Village police were called to Sheffield Middle School Thursday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Sheffield Village police were called to Sheffield Middle School Thursday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD – Police have a person of interest in a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation Sheffield Middle School on Thursday, Sheffield Police Chief Larry Bliss said.

Bliss said the threat was found written on a bathroom wall in the school at about 10:30 a.m. All 425 students, along with faculty and staff, were evacuated to nearby Brookside High School.

He said the building was searched and deemed safe, and students returned to class at about 12:30 p.m.

“Our number one priority is to keep the kids safe,” Bliss said.

Bliss said the threat at Sheffield Middle had similarities to a bomb threat Wednesday at Olmsted Falls High School. He said when incidents like this occur, “the seed is planted.”

Bliss said he could not comment on the similarities between the two threats.

In the Olmsted Falls incident, a message on the wall of a women’s restroom read, “Olmsted Falls, beware of me. I hid bombs in the school. Happy Hunting.” The school was evacuated and searched, and no bomb was found.

On Thursday afternoon, Olmsted Township Police Lt. Matt Vanyo said the department is still investigating several leads.

Another incident occurred at Holy Name High School in Parma Heights Thursday. According to a release from Principal Benjamin Farmer, a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom wall in the school. The building was evacuated and searched, and nothing suspicious was found, the release said.

“Whenever there’s a situation like this, there tends to be copy cats,” Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools Superintendent Will Folger said.

Bliss said the department has a person of interest in the threat at Sheffield Middle, and the investigation is ongoing. He could not comment on whether the person of interest is a student.

Folger said parents were notified of Thursday’s threat via the all-call system.

Contact Karie Spaetzel at (440) 329-7124 or kspaetzel@chroniclet.com.