CHAGRIN FALLS -- Police evacuated the high school and middle school after a bomb threat.
According to Police Chief Jim Brosius, a student walked into school with a backpack about 10 a.m. and told administrators he had explosives inside.
Police evacuated both schools as a precaution and are searching the buildings. The students and staff were first taken over to C.S. Harris Stadium.
The two schools are adjoined on the East Washington Street campus.
WKYC has confirmed that an 18-year-old student has been taken to the Chagrin Falls police station and is in a holding cell.
At noon, the middle school students were walked over to St. Joan of Arc School, a Catholic elementary school just east of the CFHS campus. That is where their parents will be picking them up.
Parents of the high school students will be able to pick them up but they must sign for their release.
The schools will not reopen for at least 24 hours and the district has canceled all the rest of the events for today and tonight. That includes the opening night performance tonight of the Chagrin Academy production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Chagrin Falls school district Superintendent Bob Hunt released a second statement about 12:45 p.m.
"At this time, we have made the decision to evacuate students in an orderly manner. Currently 7 and 8th grade students are moving to St. Joan of Arc on East Washington Street. 7th and 8th grade parents are asked to go to St. Joan of Arc enter from East Washington, stay to the left and proceed all the way to the back at which point they can sign out their students. Again, 7th and 8th grade parents are asked to proceed to St. Joan of Arc enter from East Washington, stay to the left and pick up students in the rear of the lot.
We are also evacuated students in grades 9 - 12. Students that have driven to school will be permitted to leave after a parent has been contacted for verbal permission. The remaining students will be stationed in the home side bleachers; parents can enter the 7-12 main entrance and proceed through the stadium lot to sign out their students."
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Officers are continuing to question the student who had the backpack. His name has not been released.
Hunt released his first statement just after 10 a.m. :
Attention Chagrin Falls Parents: At 10 a.m. this morning it was reported to me that a bomb threat had been made on the 7-12 campus. At that time the decision was made to evacuate all students and staff to Harris Stadium for precautionary reasons.
Currently, all students are enjoying the spring fest activities already scheduled in the stadium. A picnic lunch for high school students had already been planned and now will include our middle school students. This will be served at the stadium.
Police are presently investigating threats that have been made to the school. Obviously, the safety and security of our students is our first priority. At this time, we ask that you do not come to the 7-12 campus to allow our safety forces to conduct their work. We will continue to update parents periodically throughout the day via this phone system and our web site.