ANSONIA — Ansonia Local School was evacuated for a bomb threat received Wednesday morning, as were several other schools in other counties.
Detective Sergeant David Hawes, of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, said the Ansonia threat followed the same pattern as those reported at other schools and any possible connection will be investigated.
Threats were also reported at Belle Haven Elementary in Dayton, in Montgomery County; Denver Place Elementary in Wilmington, in Clinton County; Edgewood High School in Trenton, in Butler County; and Main Elementary in Beavercreek, in Greene County.
Hawes said the sheriff’s office received notice from the Ansonia Elementary secretary reporting a bomb threat called in to the school.
“Superintendent (James) Atchley took things in hand right away, and by the time we arrived, the students had been largely evacuated,” Hawes said at the scene.
At 10:29 a.m., Darke County deputies and investigative division along with Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Rossburg Fire Department were dispatched to a bomb threat received at the Ansonia Elementary School.
School officials reported they received a phone call from a male using a monotone voice advising he was in the school and was going to kill himself and blow the place up. School officials took the threat seriously and safely evacuated all students to the football field away from the school.
Darke County deputies completed a thorough search of the entire school. No persons, suspicious packages or devices were found. School officials made the decision to continue classes for the remainder of the school day.
Emergency personnel initiated a search of the building at 11:23 a.m. based on the information received, Hawes said, and students were released back into the building by shortly after noon.
This incident remains under investigation.