Early Friday afternoon, Pike-Delta-York Local Schools officials received information that prompted the evacuation of the middle school.
Local law enforcement was notified by school officials that a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom stall at about 12:40 p.m. The school was immediately evacuated as a precautionary measure with assistance from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Delta Fire Department.
Toledo Police Department K-9 teams were called to search and clear the school. No devices were found in a search by K-9 teams and the Delta Police.
“We consider threats to be very serious. The safety of our children and our community are always our top priority,” said Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock in a statement.
Once it was determined that the school was to be evacuated and searched by K-9 Teams, parents were notified of the situation by school officials, according to the Delta Police.
“During emergencies, maintaining the well-being of students and staff is the first and most important action taken by school personnel,” said Pike-Delta-York Superintendent Ted Haselman in a letter to parents. “Communication with parents and families begins when the situation is under control.”
Students were not able to reenter the building prior to the end of the school day, as the all-clear was given by law enforcement at approximately 3:30 p.m. Students came home Friday without their belongings.
The middle school building was open Saturday morning for students’ belongings to be picked up if desired.
“We are grateful the outcome was an empty threat,” Haselman said. “In the future, the district will continue the cautious measures during emergency events. The safety of all students and staff will remain a top priority of the Pike-Delta-York Local School District.”
The incident is under investigation by the Delta Police Department, who is urging anyone with information of the threat contact the department at 419-822-3232.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010