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Canal Winchester Local Schools Sends Students Home After Bomb Threats

The sign outside Canal Winchester High School on August 28, 2020.
Canal Winchester High School
The sign outside Canal Winchester High School on August 28, 2020.

Updated September 13, 2021 at 11:21 AM ET

Canal Winchester Local Schools sent its students home for the day after receiving bomb threats Monday morning.

According to an email to parents, Canal Winchester High School received a bomb threat at 7 a.m., with Canal Winchester Middle School receiving one at 7:10 a.m. Later in the hour, the school emailed parents telling them they were sending students home on buses and that all buildings were evacuated.

The email also stated that the schools were closed "for the safety and security of students and staff," with no remote learning occurring and after-school activities on schedule.

In a press release from the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, an unidentified male contacted them on Sunday and made bomb threats in and around Canal Winchester. Monday morning's threats were connected to the same suspect, and the sheriff's office has deemed the threats as "non-credible."

The release stated that investigation into the caller found that he was based many states away, close to the West coast of the U.S.

Pickerington North High School also received bomb threats this morning. In an email from the district sent to parents, students and staff resumed classes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Fairfield County authorities swept the building with canine units.

Michael Lee joined WOSU in 2021, but was previously an intern at the station in 2018. He is a graduate from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism where he obtained his master's degree, and an alumnus of Ohio State University. Michael has previously worked as an intern at the Columbus Dispatch and most recently, the Chicago Sun-Times.