Arrest made in Talawanda bomb threat

A bomb threat found in a bathroom at Talawanda High School on Feb. 14 prompted a precautionary lockdown. STAFF FILE/2012
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A bomb threat found in a bathroom at Talawanda High School on Feb. 14 prompted a precautionary lockdown. STAFF FILE/2012

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.: A 14-year-old student has been charged with inducing panic, a felony, after a bomb threat was discovered in a restroom this afternoon at Talwanda High School.

The student has been transported to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Miami University Police Department, and the Cincinnati Police Department searched the building, but no devices were found.

“Talawanda and OPD take any and all concerns very seriously and investigate any and all issues of this nature,” a statement from the Oxford Police Department said.

“Please help your child/children understand that these actions are NOT funny, and the consequences for inducing panic in a school environment are very serious,” the statement said.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.:

A lockdown at Talawanda High School has been lifted, officials posted on the district’s Facebook page.

All students, who had been ordered to stay in classrooms, are reporting to seventh period.

INITIAL REPORT:

A bomb threat left in the boys bathroom has Talawanda High School on lockdown as police search the building.

The threatening letter was discovered at approximately 12:49 p.m. today, and school officials immediately enacted emergency procedures.

No arrests have been made and no one is injured, school officials said.

All students are now staying in their classrooms as Oxford Police and Butler County Sheriff deputies comb the building with bomb-sniffing dogs, said Holli Morrish, spokeswoman for Talawanda Schools.

The high school enrolls more than a 1,000 students in grades 9-12.

“At this point we really consider this to only be precautionary in nature,” Morrish said.

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