Madison Schools Superintendent Jeff Staggs told the Journal-News soon after the threat was reported “students are safe” and the K-12 classes had resumed as normal about one hour later after classes were earlier ordered in a temporary “hold in place” state where students remain in their current classrooms.
According to the Butler County Sheriff’s office, a student was reported to have been talking about a bomb bringing investigators to the school campus, which has the district’s total enrollment of about 1,500 students.
“All students are safe,” said Staggs. “I can’t comment on the particular details.”
The school shooting massacres of recent years, most recently the deadly armed attack in May at an elementary in Uvalde, Texas that saw 19 children and two teachers gunned down, has further ramped up already heightened school security concerns and measures by local schools.
In late September eight schools in the Greater Dayton, Springfield and Cincinnati areas — and more elsewhere in Ohio — were targeted for fake calls of armed attackers shooting up schools prompting local police and SWAT teams to race to school campuses. Other schools nationwide were also hit with the bogus phone calls.
The illegal practice, dubbed “swatting,” is a growing concern and now has prompted some state legislators to act with a proposed bill greatly increasing punishment for offenders.
State and federal grants made available since May’s massacre have been pursued and awarded to many area schools throughout Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield.
But the spending isn’t all focused on hardening school building targets.
Student mental health issues, particularly among those troubled youth who have expressed a potential for threatening violence or carrying out such actions like swatting, are now a higher priority, said area school officials.
Photojournalist Nick Graham contributed to this story.