Canfield Police, Fire and the Board of Education were busy this morning as they searched Village Middle School after finding a bomb threat. According to police Chief Chuck Colucci, everything went as planned for keeping students safe.
"The main thing was to safely evacuate the school," Colucci said. "We followed the safety plans we already had in place."
The threat came after a type-written letter was found in the gym that said there was a bomb in the building. It was found at the start of school around 8 a.m.
The evacuation plan went into effect and students were moved to the high school. Some parents picked up their child while others were bused.
Once the school was evacuated, members of the Canfield Police Department, the Cardinal Joint Fire District and school administrators began a tight search of the entire building.
"It's a big building and it took time to go through it," Colucci said.
Around 11 a.m., police wrapped up the search and nothing was found. The all-clear was given for students to return and continue their day.
The note was secured by police and an investigation is under way. Colucci said it is a serious situation that was disruptive to the community, the flow of education and parents. He said some parents had to leave work to pick up their child.
He said the person who created the note would definitely be facing charges. If the person is younger than 18, it would be a delinquent criminal act; older than 18, it's a criminal act.
"We take it seriously and so do the courts," Colucci said. "We will follow up on leads and spend as much time as needed to solve the case."
He said it is not certain at this time if this note is tied to the March 7 bomb threat that saw the evacuation of the high school.