Fairfield schools security increased after threat made online

Fairfield Police presence was increased this morning at all Fairfield Schools in the wake of a threat of violence announced by school officials. Police cruisers were stationed at the 10,000-student districts schools as part of law enforcement's response. Classes are being conducted as normal while police in Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. are investigating. (Photo By Nick Graham\Journal-News)

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Fairfield Police presence was increased this morning at all Fairfield Schools in the wake of a threat of violence announced by school officials. Police cruisers were stationed at the 10,000-student districts schools as part of law enforcement's response. Classes are being conducted as normal while police in Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. are investigating. (Photo By Nick Graham\Journal-News)

Police in Fairfield increased their presence in local schools on Wednesday and plan to be there the remainder of this week after a social media threat was made toward the schools Tuesday evening.

Fairfield Schools officials said initially the threat did not name a specific school, “but the threat was later modified and named our freshman school.”

The district contacted law enforcement and is cooperating with Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. police departments.

Fairfield Police released a statement shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday that said the investigation is ongoing, but included few additional details that were not a part of the school district statement on Tuesday night.

“The post is being investigated to determine who is responsible was well as the credibility of the threat,” said Sgt. Rebecca Ervin in the press release. “We are working closely with the Fairfield City School District and as a precautionary measure have assigned additional officers to assist with security and conduct extra patrols of the school buildings throughout the rest of the week.”

The threat was reported to Officer Craig Singleton, school resource officer at the Freshman School, at about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Fairfield police report.

“Information was received in reference to a threatening social media post,” the police report states.

Fairfield Twp. Capt. Doug Lanier said the department was notified by Fairfield Police of the threat. Two district elementary schools are located it the township.

“We have a great partnership with the city of Fairfield police, so when something like this happens, it is not unusual for us to go ahead and have an increased presence and patrol at the schools. We tend to be at the elementary schools a lot in a normal day, but we are trying to make sure we are visible today,” Lanier said Wednesday.

He said there have been no reported problems at the two elementary schools

Fairfield Schools’ 10,000 students reside in both the city and the adjacent Fairfield Twp.

“The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are notifying all parents because of the generic nature of the initial post, the district said. As a precaution, there will be increased police patrols at all schools today, Thursday and Friday,” said school officials.

Fairfield school parent Daphne Mills Obercorn told the Journal-News this morning she appreciated the quick actions of the school system and local police departments.

“I am very pleased with the immediate actions being taken by the school and the police. Our children are at risk daily with no ‘known’ threat. Not all who intend to do harm broadcast it,” Obercorn said.

“The schools can only do so much and the quick response to add protection for our children is very much appreciated,” she said.