Bomb threat prompts closing of Niles schools

Niles schools were closed Thursday because of a bomb threat.

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Classes were canceled Thursday in Niles after a caller threatened to blow up the high school.

The telephone threat came in about 6:40 a.m. A cafeteria worker took the call. Niles Police Captain Ken Criswell said the caller said he was going to blow up the building. Ten minutes later, another call came in to the Niles Police Department indicating a similar threat.

“A guy said he had a backpack and was going to walk into the school and blow it up,” Criswell said.

Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen had to make a quick decision with the student’s safety in mind.

“We were advised by the Niles Police Department that for the best interest of our students and staff members, and really the community, that we cancel school today,” Thigpen said.

Police are going through phone records, hoping to trace back the phone calls.

While it’s an inconvenience at the beginning of the school year, the superintendent says there was not question about what to do.

“It is certainly not anything that superintendent wants to do, close school especially on the second day of class. However, when it comes to our children and our staff members and their safety, it is imperative,” Thigpen said.

Classes will resume Friday. No other events have been canceled.

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