December 19, 2014

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Sheffield Middle School student accused of writing bomb threat

Sheffield police responded to the middle school Thursday morning after a bomb threat was found. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Sheffield police responded to the middle school Thursday morning after a bomb threat was found. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield Middle School student faces charges over a bomb threat that triggered an evacuation of the school Thursday.

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Superintendent Michael Cook said the student is accused of writing a threat to blow up the school on a boy’s bathroom wall that a teacher found around 9:35 a.m. Cook said school officials learned from a similar threat made in the fall and the 392 students were evacuated within a minute Thursday.

“It was a nice team effort,” he said.

The students were evacuated from the school at 1919 Harris Road across the street to Brookside High School, 1812 Harris Road. Police with bomb-sniffing dogs then searched the school. The students, who ate lunch at the high school, returned to the middle school around 11:45 a.m., according to middle school Assistant Principal Brent Schremp.

Cook said he is aware that bomb threats nearly always turn out to be bogus and evacuations are disruptive, “but we have to always err on the side of keeping kids safe.”

Cook said the boy will be suspended for 10 days and then face an expulsion hearing.

Cook said the boy was also charged by police. Police wouldn’t say what the boy was charged with nor give his age.