November 27, 2014


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.

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  • Bob Sweatt

    Can we say, Some kid didn’t want to take a test or be at school today….

  • Brian P.

    Just moved to the high school waiting for all clear… I heard

  • Robin F

    How stupid are these kids!!!! They will get caught and they are throwing their lives away, all because they had a test or didn’t want to go to school!!!

    • Does it Matter

      I would say the kids are about as stupid as the “adult” sitting here calling them stupid. Remember what generation raised this kids and taught them this.

  • tickmeoff

    I went to Sheffield Middle School in the early 70′s. It was a day out of school. It happened more than once, some people got caught, some people didn’t. Of course everything is news today, and schools and parents think they can control outcomes, but it is not always the case. I am in my mid 50′s now, and find it refreshing to know in this lock down, security camera, computer tracking world that gives you no privacy….Drug testing, over bearing parents and law and order types, that you can actually get away with something! Though my guess says the kid will brag and eventually get caught.

    • Phil Blank

      By the time this and the Olmsted Falls report gets around the country, even more kids will try it.