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Rumors spark lockdown at Elyria High School (UPDATED)

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ELYRIA — Police said rumors Wednesday of a threat of violence against Elyria High School were unfounded.

Out of precaution while police investigated, the school at 601 Middle Ave. was briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon. Elyria police responded, and no injuries were reported.

The school was locked down for 15 minutes shortly before 3 p.m., Elyria Schools spokeswoman Amy Higgins said.

High school staff “did exactly what they were supposed to do,” schools Superintendent Tom Jama said.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the incident began with an assault involving a group of juveniles Tuesday, which did not apparently occur on school grounds.

Those involved in the assault were issued citations to appear in Juvenile Court, Costantino said.

One of those involved, whom Costantino called a “victim of an assault or bullying,” was upset after the incident. He said that led a parent of a student to later write online “that she thought it might be possible (the alleged victim) would go back to the school” and commit violence, Costantino said.

The allegation created panic and caused the precautionary lockdown, but “was found not to have been true,” Costantino said.

“Some people were surmising what this juvenile could possibly do in the future if things weren’t handled properly,” he said.

The student in question was interviewed Wednesday by officers and detectives, had no weapons and made no threats, Costantino said.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

“This was all surmised by a parent based on what happened to him, and that he was upset,” Costantino said. “Sometimes things can be misinterpreted, but we appreciate that when some people see something that might be interpreted as a threat, that they are reporting that.”

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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