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2 minors who made threat against Cloverleaf High School in custody

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Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 15, 2020

LODI, Ohio — Two minors who made a threat against Cloverleaf High School in Medina County Saturday have been taken into custody.

On Friday, the Medina County Sheriff's Office was made aware of a threat that had been posted on Snapchat. After an investigation, authorities found additional actions by two minors that made the threat credible, according to deputies.

Saturday morning, Cloverleaf Local Schools canceled a girls basketball game scheduled for the afternoon afternoon as well as a dance later in the evening due to the threat the minors issued against the high school.

The two minors were taken into custody without incident and turned over to the Juvenile Detention Facility. They are facing aggravated menacing charges and are expected to appear in court next week, according to deputies.

"I am pleased to inform you that thanks to the incredible work of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office as well as law enforcement agencies throughout Northeast Ohio, the threat suspect has been apprehended," Superintendent Daryl Kubilus told parents in an updated call.

According to the superintendent, school administrators are working to reschedule the dance for another date. The girls' playoff basketball game has been rescheduled for Feb. 18 at 4p.m.

"Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. We take every threat seriously and thank our law enforcement partners as we continue to make student safety our top priority. Students, I’m sorry the weather forecast doesn’t look promising for a snow day on Tuesday so I’ll be looking forward to seeing you in school at that time," Kubilus said.

School officials said that the incident did not involve an active shooter situation.

Saturday morning, the superintendent sent the following message to parents:

“I know this is difficult news to hear for our students who have been looking forward to the game and dance today. I hope you can understand the reason for the abundance of caution is that the safety of our students continues to be our #1 priority,” Kubilus said in a recorded call to parents.

Earlier, the sheriff’s office confirmed that they had units on scene at the school but didn’t elaborate on the reason.

The superintendent said he would provide an additional update to parents on Monday.

The Cloverleaf Community Recreation Center was closed after the threat was directed at the school. The rec center will reopen Sunday at 9 a.m., school officials said.

Below is the full statement from the first call parents received:

Announcement to Cloverleaf families sent Feb. 15th at 11:30a.m.

Good afternoon. This is Daryl Kubilus, superintendent of Cloverleaf Local Schools. It has been brought to my attention that there has been a threat issued to our high school. As a result and in collaboration with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, the decision has been made to cancel the girls basketball game scheduled for 1:00 today as well as the high school dance scheduled for this evening.

I know this is difficult news to hear for our students who have been looking forward to the game and dance today. I hope you can understand the reason for the abundance of caution is that the safety of our students continues to be our #1 priority.

I will communicate again with you by Monday with an update. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this difficult circumstance.