Bellevue bomb threat

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

BELLEVUE - Bellevue City Schools was closed this morning in connection with a bomb threat posted late Wednesday night on the Sandusky Register Web site.

Bellevue High School Principal Francis Scruci declined to confirm or deny the bomb threat.

"School has been canceled today," he said about the decision made about 6:45 a.m.

Bellevue Superintendent Steven Schumm said the threat "wasn't building specific" and there are no suspects at this time. It's unknown how the bomb scare affected Bellevue Immaculate Conception School.

The Bellevue Police Department is investigating the threat.

"We're referring everyone to the school system," a dispatcher said.

Special Agent Scott Wilson, of the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said they assisted Bellevue police after getting a call in the Toledo office this morning. The spokesman explained that a local police department or sheriff's office typically handle bomb threats in their jurisdiction.

"If they need assistance, they'll call us," Wilson said.

A person identifying themselves as "Pancake Nips" posted the following message at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday on the Register's Web site: "Bomb.. Thursday Be ready THIS IS NOT A SIMULATION SEE U GUYS TOMORROW!!"

The Register took down the message before 6 a.m. today.

The bomb threat was posted in response to the newspaper's coverage of three area tactical squads doing a drill Tuesday in which a disgruntled woman and a male intruder who took about 30 students "hostage" at Bellevue High School. The exercise was held during a teacher/staff in-service day when there were no classes.

There was no bomb threat during the drill, but the school was locked down.

A person calling themselves "maisy" apparently responded to the bomb threat on the Register's Web site at 8:33 a.m. today.

"yeah, great idea! it was great that our school system did this because of the constant bomb threats we're receiving... what's that, mom? there's a bomb threat? no school today? well, i guess our efforts paid off," the reader wrote.

Scruci, after the drill, said authorities in Huron and Sandusky counties started planning the terrorist training exercise in response to a Bellevue school bomb threat about a year ago.

The August 2006 bomb scare happened the second week of school. Officials evacuated the high school for about two hours and brought the students to different undisclosed sites.

"What was interesting was it didn't happen on the telephone. It was a mail-in bomb scare," Schumm said in April.

Bellevue plans to have school in session Friday.

"We pooled all our services," Schumm said about the collaboration of first responders. "The safety and security of our students ... is of paramount importance."

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