FBI investigating Niles school threats

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Schools in Niles are among several across Ohio that received threats this year and had to evacuate or cancel classes.

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Two bomb threats in less than a week have created some changes at Niles schools.

The parking lots of Niles schools were empty Tuesday after a second bomb threat canceled classes across the district.

“These types of threats have impacted the lives of 2,300 students, 300 employees,” said Niles Schools Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen.

The school district would like whoever is calling in the fake bomb threats to know that the consequences are very real. The FBI has come to Niles to help city police with the investigation.

“They’re looking. They’re actively and aggressively pursuing any and every lead that they have,” Thigpen said.

Other districts have had to file criminal charges against prank callers.

“There’s a number of criminal charges that could take place, some of them more or less severe,” said Canfield Resource Officer, Steve Garstka.

Students will see some changes in Niles starting Wednesday. Older students will not be allowed to carry backpacks to school. Purses and lunchboxes will be searched. Gym bags will be taken and stored until the end of the day.

The schools will file criminal charges and expel students who break the law.

“There’s no if, ands or buts. We’ve had situations in the past couple of years where that has taken place, and we followed through with that with local law enforcement,” said Alex Geordan.

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