CORRECTION: AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS POST INDICATED A STUDENT AT FIRELANDS HAD BEEN SUSPENDED. THAT WAS INACCURATE. NO STUDENTS WERE SUSPENDED IN THAT DISTRICT.
Sheriff's deputies have had a more noticeable presence around local schools lately, especially Firelands and Clearview, according to Capt. Jim Drozdowski.
At Firelands High School, "a kid made a threat, so we sent officers out there," Drozdowski said.
Drozdowski said the threat was unfounded.
"Nothing happened. We were out at the school first thing this morning, and nobody brought anything to school," he said.
"Because the rumor was out there, the school took action, and we took action."
Drozdowski said "a couple kids overheard another kid talking about bringing a gun to school on the bus."
In the Clearview Schools, "We heard that a middle school kid was supposedly going to bring a gun to school," Drozdowski said. "Right now it's just a lot of rumor and hearsay but we're sending people out anyway."
That supposed threat was made via Facebook, Drozdowski said.
Drozdowski said that threat was unfounded as well.
Drozdowski said the Sheriff's Office is focusing on maintaining visible patrols near the schools.
Drozdowski credits Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti's commitment to local schools for the ramped up effort.
He said "stay active with this stopping into schools, let the people know what's going on," Drozdowski said.