Increase in officers after gang threat at school

Posted at 9:24 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 21:24:47-04

Cleveland police officers stepped up patrols outside John Adams High School Friday after learning about gang violence threats.

A source told the threats surfaced on social media earlier this week and said there are known gang members who attend the Cleveland high school. crews captured video of several patrol cars circling the perimeter of the school throughout the early afternoon.

Several officers were parked outside the school during dismissal. also caught two students being detained without incident on video, but it appeared to be unrelated to the threats.

A source tells Cleveland schools' gang unit stationed officers inside the school to monitor students' activities. 

Students also reported an increased police presence inside the school.

Several students also told they were put on lockdown inside their classrooms Thursday because of the rumored threats.

Briana Mason, 17, said the threats made her scared to go to school Friday.

Parents also expressed concerns. One student's aunt told us she was picking up her nephew from school because she didn't feel it was safe for him to walk home alone.

Cleveland Police declined to comment on the threats and referred us to CMSD officials.

CMSD spokesperson Roseann Canfora confirmed CPD has stepped up patrols outside the school because of the rumors, but said the school was not on lockdown Thursday.


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