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Schumm: District to pursue charges in threat

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

BELLEVUE Bellevue City Schools Superintendent Steven Schumm plans to pursue charges against the person responsible for Thursday's bomb threat that closed school.

"We have an in-depth investigation regarding this incident (but still no suspect)," he said.

A person identifying themselves as "Pancake Nips" posted a blog at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday, telling authorities to "be ready" Thursday for a bomb threat. The reader was responding to a Sandusky Register online story about a student hostage/lockdown drill Tuesday during an in-service day at Bellevue High School.


The Register took down the message about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Web director Patrick O'Brien said editorial page editor Don Lee notified him about the posting about an hour earlier when Lee was "scrolling" the Web site for potential editorial comment. The Register uses readers' online comments on the "You Said It" portion of the editorial page a couple times a week.

"He was simply looking for content to take from the Web to put into print," O'Brien said.

He suggested Lee call police, which he did. "We thought since it was a real bomb threat, we should call the cops," O'Brien said.

Schumm said he had canines trained in "sniffing" for bombs search every classroom in each school building to ensure the safety of Bellevue students. The superintendent declined to say how long the search lasted.

The dogs, from the Toledo area, Cuyahoga County and Perrysburg, "didn't find anything," said Schumm, who canceled school about 6:45 a.m.

The Cleveland division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted local authorities after the FBI Toledo office received a call about the situation. Bellevue police contacted Ashland County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Kyle, the head of the bomb squad that covers six adjoining counties.

Kyle, whose four-person team was on stand-by, said he gave the officer several resources to contact about the investigation.

"If they said, 'We need you up here,' we would have responded," he said.

Schumm said the case could be under the jurisdiction of the Bellevue police or the sheriff's offices in Erie, Huron Sandusky or Seneca counties, depending on what investigators discover. Bellevue City Schools has students in all four counties.

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