Nothing found following bomb threat

EAST LIVERPOOL – A bomb threat called into the city police department early Tuesday morning resulted in students headed for class being rerouted while the high school was searched by firefighters and school personnel.

Superintendent James Herring said buildings and grounds director Mark Reed was notified by the police department at 6:50 a.m. about the call, although he did not know the details of what was said.

Buses were rerouted to Westgate, where they waited until the all-clear was given. Some students who drove to school waited in their vehicles in the parking lot, while some parents who drove their children to school drove them to Westgate to wait while others opted to take their children home, Herring said.

“That is their prerogative,” he said.

The city fire department was alerted at 7:07 a.m., according to fire officials, who said the four firefighters on duty took two trucks to the school, where they were assisted by staff members in checking areas with a walk-through.

Nothing out of the ordinary was found, according to fire officials, who said they cleared the scene at 7:50 a.m.

Herron said students were brought back to the high school at 8:30 a.m., and the event caused only about a 30- to 40-minute delay in classroom schedules, saying, “It was an odd time for something like that (call) to happen” since students had not even arrived for class yet.

He said, “Everything went well. The fire department did a great job and the police also helped with traffic control.”

Herring referred questions about possible suspects to the police department, but police said they had no report on the incident.

Beaver Local High School was evacuated last week after a note was found on a bathroom door indicating a bomb would activate in the afternoon, and Herring said, “You just wonder, ‘Who’s next?'”