Local school officials respond to threat

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Officials from the Marysville Exempted Village School District responded to a possible threat made against the high school.

Officials said that Thursday afternoon, a student at Marysville High School recorded a conversation between two other students. A parent contacted school officials Thursday evening to make them aware of the conversation.

Officials said the conversation “possibly involved making threatening statements about the school.”

Marysville High School principal Tom Cochran said that once administrators were made aware of the apparent threat, “we immediately executed our safety plan.”

“We worked in collaboration with the Marysville Police Department and our school resource officer in order to conduct a thorough and effective investigation,” Cochran wrote in a statement to parents and the community.

He said that during the investigation, “there was no need for normal school operations to be altered.”

Cochran said the district filed a report with the Marysville Police Department.

“Marysville Division Police officers followed up and deemed the conversation was not a threat,” said Deputy Police Chief Tony Brooks. “Marysville Schools is dealing with the issue.”

While he did not give details, Cochran said the district officials have, “taken actions allowable via our student code of conduct.”

Cochran stressed staff and student safety is the district’s highest priority, but said it takes, “our entire community of students, staff, and parents to collaborate with us so we can continue to provide a safe learning environment.”

“My hope is that you take time to talk with your child about the seriousness of this topic,” the principal wrote. “Students need to be aware that threatening statements and discussion of school violence are not joking matters.”



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