Ohio college: False gunman report led to lockdown

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — Antioch College says an employee of its adjacent nature preserve admits making a false report about a gunman that led to a lockdown at the small, private school in southwest Ohio.

The campus in Yellow Springs and the neighboring Glen Helen Nature Preserve were locked down last Thursday after someone reported seeing a man dressed in camouflage and possibly carrying a gun.

The college says the lockdown affected dozens of students and staff, and youth attending a camp were sent home.

Greene County sheriff’s deputies searched for hours and eventually determined the report was unsubstantiated.

The college says a nature preserve employee has admitted making the false claim. The school provided no information about the worker’s motive.

The employee has been suspended pending further investigation and possible legal action.

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