CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Students were sent home for the day and police surrounded Campbell Memorial High School after a bomb threat was called in just before noon on Friday,
Around 400 students were sent to the high school football field while bomb-sniffing dogs from Youngstown State, Cleveland State and Kent State universities were called in to do a sweep on the school.
Nothing was found during the search.
Campbell Middle School and Campbell Elementary School were also on lock down as school officials tried to determine if the threat applied to those locations as well. Friday night’s homecoming festivities were scheduled to go as planned, and students were able to return to the school to retrieve their belonging prior to the football game.
Campbell City School District officials said they were able to trace the call and were working with Campbell Police to track down a suspect. Campbell Police Lt. Kevin Sferra said tracking a suspect may prove difficult, however.
“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “We have one before that we were unable to track down who it came from. With all the apps and stuff on phones, it’s like a ghost call.”
Campbell Schools City Superintendent Matthew Bowen said he believes the right call was made to dismiss students early from the building and bring in the bomb-sniffing dogs.
“We cannot take these situations light,” he said. “The first and foremost we have to consider is student safety, so immediately, we went to our protocols. We evacuated the students and the staff. We cleared the building.”