Bomb threats against a high school are typically done in a more sophomoric approach with crude messages scrolled on bathroom walls or nervous phone calls made from lines that can be easily traced back to a student.
But the May 2017 threats against Elyria High School were of a much more sophisticated nature, prompting law enforcement to up its response to match the threat and for a short while had most of Elyria on pins and needles with uncertainty. Most parents will never forget the imagery of students walking single-file from the school with hands in the air under escort from Elyria police.
A second threat on May 29 claimed there was a bomb inside a trash container outside the high school and then a third threat made to Elyria police just before the start of the high school's graduation on May claimed that there was a bomb under the Ely Stadium bleachers.
No bombs were ever found and it took investigators some time to track down the person they believed responsible: a 16-year-old Florida boy who admitted to being behind the threats and being the leader of an online hacking group.
- 2017 in review
- Police say Florida teen responsible for threats to Elyria High
- Bomb threat was received just before Elyria graduation
- Police drop charges against Elyria High School student
- Elyria High student charged with web threat; police still investigating calls
- Second bomb threat at EHS being investigated by police
- Elyria High students safe after threat, lockdown
- Hacker prank led to EHS lockdown