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Second bomb threat at EHS being investigated by police

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ELYRIA — Police are investigating a second bomb threat made to Elyria High School on Monday night that they believe originated from the same source as the threat last week.

Police were stationed at the school through the night and were expected to have increased patrols today.

Superintendent Thomas Jama said a call came into police about 9:30 p.m. with a caller who said he had planted several bombs at Elyria High School in trash cans and other areas.

The caller stayed on the phone for about 10 minutes.

“We seem to believe it’s possibly the same caller who called on Monday, but we can’t verify that at this point,” Jama said. “It’s another swatting type we believe.”

On May 22, police locked down the school for several hours before eventually letting students out early after a person or group of people said a student was in the bathroom with weapons and propane explosives.

The caller identified himself with the name of a 15-year-old sophomore at the school, police said. While police were doing a sweep of the school, they removed the student from the classroom, brought him to the police station for questioning and released him the same day.

During their investigation, police determine the call did not come from the student but from alleged hackers who had gotten the student’s information.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said this scenario is known as “swatting,” where a caller makes a false threat, sending police to a specific location.

“The Police Department is taking it very seriously,” Jama said.

Like last Monday, teams of police and bomb-sniffing dogs went into the school along with a school administrator who aided in searching the school “from top to bottom.”

“They are going to go in there now and look and hope they find nothing suspicious,” Jama said at 11:30 p.m. Monday. “School will go on, obviously if nothing happens, and it’s a hoax.”

Elyria High School graduation is Wednesday, the last day for students is Thursday, and the last day for teachers is Friday.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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