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9. Bomb threat at Elyria High School

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    Students leave Elyria High School after a lockdown Monday, May 22.

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    Lorain County Deputy Sheriffs enter Elyria High for a bomb threat on May 22.

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    An Elyria police detective talks to a student about the Monday incident.

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    Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers assist after a bomb threat was called into Elyria High School on Monday.

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    Police officers file out of Elyria High after searching the entire building and making sure there was no threat.

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    Sheriff's deputies with assault rifles leave Elyria high School after the all-clear was given Monday.

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    Lorain County Deputy Sheriffs enter Elyria High for a bomb threat on May 22.

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    Lorain County Deputy Sheriffs enter Elyria High for a bomb threat on May 22.

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    Elyria fire trucks block Middle Avenue on May 22.

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    A Lorain County Sheriff's Deputy approaches Elyria High for a bomb threat on May 22.

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    Police investigate an incident at Elyria High School on Monday.

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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.



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