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Yellow Springs High School

YS police respond to alleged bomb threat at high school

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According to the Yellow Springs Police Department, a 15-year-old Yellow Springs High School student was arrested Thursday, Aug. 29, after police were alerted to an alleged bomb threat made against YSHS on social media earlier in the day.

The image shared on social media depicted another YSHS student threatening to bomb the school, police confirmed on Saturday, Aug. 31. 

The student who created and shared the image will be charged with making a false alarm, according to YS Police Chief Brian Carlson.

“We investigated and found it to be false,” Carlson said of the threat, screenshots of which several parents and students shared with YSPD. Carlson said the YSPD takes such threats seriously.

“These are extremely serious, in these times especially,” Carlson said.

YS Police officers were also present on the YSHS campus Friday to reassure students that it was safe to attend school, the chief said.

Also Friday, District Superintendent Terri Holden sent an email to families of students at the high school and McKinney Middle School informing them of the “alleged threat,” noting that district administrators became aware of the social media post Thursday evening and were in communication with the police department as they investigated..

“We appreciate how quickly those who saw this threat reported it, and the rapid response of the YSPD,” Holden wrote. “Student and staff safety is our greatest priority in Yellow Springs.”

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