Bomb threat, false active shooter report prompts heavy police response at Chagrin Falls schools

Posted: 5:01 PM, May 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-04 22:59:22-04
Bomb threat at Chagrin Falls Middle School
Bomb threat at Chagrin Falls Middle School
Bomb threat at Chagrin Falls Middle School

A bomb threat, followed by misinformation about an active shooter, led to an aggressive police response Thursday at two Chagrin Falls schools.

Chagrin Falls Police Chief Amber Dacek said it started about 2:45 p.m. at Chagrin Falls High School on Washington Street when someone found a note in a bathroom with a picture of a bomb on it and today’s date.

The high school shares a campus with the middle school. Initial police reports indicated the threat was found in the middle school.

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Police responded, and more cops from neighboring jurisdictions were called in when someone apparently misidentified a police officer on scene as an active shooter, Dacek said.

“There was not an active shooter on the campus,” Dacek said, adding the misinformation was made worse by social media postings.

School had already been released, but anyone left in the building was evacuated.

Superintendent Robert Hunt said any students found to be involved will face discipline, which could include suspensions.

“It’s very disappointing,” Hunt said, “And it’s not who we are as a community and who we are as a school district.”

Thursday’s scare comes nearly four years to the day that another bomb threat evacuated campus on May 3, 2013. That was deemed a prank.