CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio (WCMH) — A threat that closed Canal Winchester schools Monday, and caused Pickerington High School North to be evacuated has been deemed non-credible, according to Fairfield County deputies.
A spokesperson with the Canal Winchester Local Schools district confirmed that schools were closed because of a received threat. All schools were evacuated and buses were rerouted home.
According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, an unidentified male made several bomb threats directed towards areas of Canal Winchester. Deputies, along with members of the Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated and determined those threats to be non-credible.
The sheriff’s office says additional threats were received by the city of Canal Winchester and Violet Township School Districts, Monday. These threats were linked to the same suspect as Sunday, and have also been determined as non-credible, according to deputies.
An investigation has determined the suspect is located near the west coast of the United States, a statement from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office states.
Deputies say threats were called into the district’s high school and middle school as well as Pickerington High School North and the Walmart in Canal Winchester.
“At this time all students and staff are safe. An initial sweep of the building did not turn up anything suspicious,” a statement from Pickerington Schools reads.
Pickerington High School North was evacuated while law enforcement swept the area.
Earlier this year, an 18-year old man in Georgia was taken into custody after law enforcement said he made threats at multiple high schools across the country, including a school in central Ohio.