Deputies spend day at school after threat found

Northeastern, Clark County sheriff


Student backpacks were searched and extra deputies patrolled Northeastern High School on Monday after a threat of violence was found on a bathroom stall.

The message was found by students on a bathroom stall wall after school was dismissed Friday afternoon. It was reported to school officials, who contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Superintendent Lou Kramer did not release specifics of the message but said it specified an act of violence would take place Monday. It did not specifically target any students by name or group, he said.

“In this day and age, we have to take those (threats) seriously, and we have to make some decisions to step up security measures,” Kramer said.

Parents received an automated call Sunday, and a message was also posted on the district’s web page. About 500 students attend the school in grades 9-12, and there is also a preschool class there. Kramer said they didn’t have an official head count, but the majority of students attended classes Monday. However, some parents did call the school and inform officials their children would not be in class because of the threat, he said.

Heightened security was in place throughout the day, with several educational service officers and deputies from the sheriff’s office stationed at the school. Backpacks were searched upon entry into the school, and students were told to report to the gym before classes for a message from the principal, Kramer said.

Written threats have become more common in recent years. In February, an 18-year-old student was indicted on a felony count of inducing panic for writing a bomb threat on a bathroom wall at Urbana High School. The school was placed on lockdown and students were evacuated. Authorities later determined it was a hoax.

In a Facebook post asking Northeastern parents their thoughts on the threat, respondents had mixed feelings.

Jill Tordiff Parker said she thinks the district took the right action.

“I think they showed a reasonable level of caution while trying to avoid panic, and my daughters have felt safe at school today. That is what matters,” Parker said.

Waiting until Sunday to notify parents was too long, said Misty Bowsher-Vermillion.

“We should have been made aware soon, especially since there was a home game Friday night and three football games held at South Vienna on Sunday,” she said. “We all would have probably been more aware of our surroundings and been on alert had we known.”

The threat is under investigation. Kramer said the perpetrator will face suspension and the possibility of expulsion as well as criminal charges.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Local pet-meal delivery service launches
Local pet-meal delivery service launches

A new, locally based meal delivery service for pets? It’s real. Vandalia-based Ahler’s Catering and Nutritional Services — part of Demetrius of Forty Churches LLC — has announced that it will offer a pet meals program for clients in the Dayton and Springfield areas. RELATED: New pet supplies shop opens downtown Ahler&rsquo...
Bill Murray resurrects 'Caddyshack' character in Facebook series about baseball
Bill Murray resurrects 'Caddyshack' character in Facebook series about baseball

Carl Spackler is back. Bill Murray played the hilarious golf course groundskeeper in “Caddyshack,” determined to keep a pesky gopher from ruining his lush fairways. He will play a similar role in “Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray’s Extra Innings,” an unscripted series that debuts Monday on Facebook, Entertainment...
Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar
Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar

Ninety-nine Novembers ago, Springfielders and other Clark Countians were primed to celebrate the end of the bloodiest war to that date in human history and breathe a sigh of relief over the fate of homegrown boys who had been exposed to bullets, bombs and mustard gas in muddy foreign trenches. Just as peace was about to arrive, however, a war broke...
Robert Mugabe expelled by Zimbabwe's ruling political party
Robert Mugabe expelled by Zimbabwe's ruling political party

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was dismissed as leader of ZANU-PF, the country’s ruling party, on Sunday, Reuters reported. He was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy Mugabe fired this month, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabe’s fate told Reuters.“He has been expelled,” one of the delegates said...
This coffee riddle has baffled the internet – can you solve it?
This coffee riddle has baffled the internet – can you solve it?

You may want to have a cup of joe – or two – before you try to solve this viral puzzle that is baffling social media users. >> Read more trending news If you've checked Facebook or Twitter over the past few days, you've probably seen the image of four coffee cups under a maze of pipes, followed by the question, "Who gets coffee...
More Stories