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UPDATE | Person detained in bomb threat to Buckeye Hills Career Center

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Published: Oct. 1, 2019 at 12:10 PM EDT
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UPDATE 10/1/19 @ 11:55 p.m.

A person has been detained in connection with a threat that led to the evacuation of the Buckeye Hills Career Center on Tuesday morning, the Gallia County Sheriff's Office says.

Charges are pending against that suspect, according to the sheriff.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says the threat was called into the school just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The caller told the school switchboard operator that there was a bomb in the building that would explode at any time.


UPDATE 10/1/19 @ 6:37 p.m.

After an evacuation at Buckeye Hills Career Center, investigators and school officials determined a reported bomb threat was a false alarm.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says the threat was called into the school just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The caller told the school switchboard operator that there was a bomb in the building that would explode at any time.

"The school immediately implemented their Crisis Management Plan and students were moved to a safe location while law enforcement and first responders converged on the BHCC Campus," Champlin stated in a press release.

Champlin said detectives have several good leads and are actively working to find the caller behind the threat.

Students were picked up at their home schools. BHCC serves secondary and post-secondary students in Gallia, Jackson, and Vinton counties.

“I am very pleased with the response of our staff, students and our first responders,” stated Buckeye Hills Career Center (BHCC) Superintendent Jamie Nash. “Although this turned out to be a false alarm, our students and staff performed exceptional. I would also like to recognize our partner schools for their cooperation and assistance during this incident.”

The sheriff thanked several law enforcement agencies for their help, "Law Enforcement was on scene and secured the campus almost immediately. K-9 Bomb detecting dogs from Ohio University Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to clear the buildings, cars and surrounding areas."

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/1/19

Buckeye Hills Career Center in Rio Grande, Ohio was evacuated after a bomb threat Tuesday.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says the threat was called in just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Traffic is blocked off around the school and the sheriff is asking people to avoid the area.

According to the Rio Grande Police Department, students were removed from the building as a precaution as officers investigate the threat.

Champlin says students can be picked up at their home schools.

“At this time, we are on scene at the high school and all staff and students have been evacuated and are safe," said Champlin. "Preparations have been made by the school to return them to their home schools where they can be picked up by their families. Traffic is shut off to the area and I am asking that everyone avoid the area of Buckeye Hills Road until further notice. Our investigation is underway and explosives detection canines as well as explosives specialists are on the way to assist in this investigation. Further details will be made available as this investigation progresses.”

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