Teams of K-9 officers were brought into London High School Wednesday following an alleged bomb threat and evacuation during the morning hours.
All students were safe, and there was “no harm,” according to London Police Chief Dave Wiseman.
There was no device found, Wiseman said.
The delay in the school day took place after the high school received a telephone call regarding a “device” about 7:25 a.m. which put officials on alert, said London City Schools Superintendent Tom Ben. School officials immediately contacted local law enforcement, he said.
Ben said he was notified of the threat shortly thereafter and an evacuation of the high school began, as it was already in session.
The Columbus Police Department bomb squad was called in to assist with the search of the alleged device. Five canine/officer teams reviewed the buildings, including the elementary school, which adjoins the high school and was unoccupied at the time.
Officials are continuing to investigate the alleged threat, including efforts to look into caller ID databases to identify the original caller, he said.
The road was blocked at the entrance of the school complex near the intersection of Elm Street and Keny Boulevard during the morning hours.
High school students were evacuated to an undisclosed location. Elementary students at the adjacent building had not yet begun classes for the day and were held on school buses at the London City Schools transportation center until they were brought to the schools a couple hours later. Elementary parents did not receive an “all-call,” Ben added.
Following the morning hiatus, elementary students returned to class about 11 a.m., and high school students, who had been evacuated to the middle school, were returned to class at about 11:30 a.m.
Ben said the district “tried to keep parents abreast of everything.” He made calls on the alert system.
He said the evacuation “went smoothly.”
“It went fairly well,” he said. “Some areas can be improved.”
He declined to elaborate on the areas of potential improvement.
“The kids responded well, our faculty and bus drivers did a great job and that’s a big help,” he said.
Reports came in to The Madison Press and were apparently posted on social media of some serious threats of potential criminal nature surrounding the incident. Ben said he had also heard of such apparent postings.
Ben said if any parent learns of any such threats having been made either on Facebook or Twitter, he/she could contact the London Police Department at 740-852-1414.
The London Police Department, London Fire Department, Madison EMS, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County EMA responded to the scene.
Andrea Chaffin McKinney and Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, or on Twitter @AndeeWrites or @DeanAShipley.