Students will return to school on Friday after the campus of Chagrin Falls High School was evacuated due to a bomb threat Thursday afternoon.
According to police, a picture with a photo of a bomb, along with Thursday's date, was found on a bathroom wall in the High School. The entire campus of students grade 7-12 was evacuated as investigators searched and cleared the building of all threats.
Chagrin Falls school officials say a picture of a bomb threat came in, they contacted law enforcement and evacuated buildings. @wkyc— Amani Abraham (@AmaniAbraham) May 4, 2017
As the response to the threat continued, officers says someone who 'misperceived the police activity' called in a 911 report saying there was an active shooter on the campus. No evidence was found and the campus was declared 'all clear' of threats by 5:43 p.m.
Police say while they were investigating the initial bomb threat, but someone called in an active shooter with misinformation. @wkyc— Dorsena Drakeford (@dorsena_news) May 4, 2017
In addition to the misperception of an active shooter on campus, officials also dispelled the rumors and social media reports that a teacher had been involved in making the threat during a Thursday evening press conference.
No teachers were involved in the bomb threat, superintendent says those were rumors and social media contributed to that. @wkyc— Dorsena Drakeford (@dorsena_news) May 4, 2017
Chagrin Falls Police along with the Chagrin Falls Schools are continuing their investigation. School officials insist If a student was involved, they will be disciplined per the student code of conduct.
Police left the scene at 7:15 p.m.
Per superintendent: Once the building is done being inspected, they'll determine if school will be held tomorrow. @wkyc— Dorsena Drakeford (@dorsena_news) May 4, 2017
The day's events began around 3:30 p.m, when District superintendent Robert Hunt sent parents a recorded message.
In the message, Hunt said the entire 7-12 campus at 400 East Washington Street was evacuated after the threat was received.
Students were moved to St. Joan of Arc Catholic school about 1,000 feet east of the campus.
At this time, the Chagrin Falls Police Department and the bomb squad began sweeping the entire campus. Euclid, Russell, Bainbridge, Chesterland, Moreland Hills, South Russell, Bentleyville, and the Geauga County Sheriff's Department all sent units to assist at the scene.
Chagrin Falls Mayor Bill Tomko said authorities went room-to-room throughout the building to make sure all students were out.
According to Tomko, the majority of students were out of school when the threat was made. No injuries were reported.