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Several schools in the three states are threatened within a week

READING, Ohio – Several schools across the tri-state have stepped up security this week after students were reportedly threatened with violence.

Schools in the town of Fairfield said on Tuesday they would have tightened security until December 10 after police received reports of a social media post threatening the Fairfield Freshman School. The next day, Franklin City Schools announced an investigation into an alleged threat to students and staff.

The Hamilton Police Department is investigating a social media post warning of a threat to the district. Schools in the city of Hamilton stepped up security Thursday in response to the suspected threat. Colerain High School initially told parents security was tight on Thursday, but later confirmed there was no threat.

A school district, Reading Community City Schools, canceled classes Thursday and announced increased security on Friday after police arrested a student accused of uttering threats.

“It affects the whole community,” said Joe Ellis, father of three at RCCSD. “How can we overcome this and how can we just overcome this? “

WCPO 9News received Hamilton County Juvenile Court files on Thursday showing a written statement from a student accusing a 13-year-old boy of threatening to stab a classmate and shoot the school.

“It kind of spread like wildfire through the kids,” Ellis said. “Until one of the parents says, ‘What’s going on with your Snapchat? ” [that] that’s when it really really came out.

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Superintendent Jason Enix said that when notified, his team made the decision to close the campus before police arrested the student. Enix said parents would notice an increased police presence on campus on Friday.

“You overlap that, obviously we’re still in the pandemic and the pandemic response – so many of our students have been so disrupted over the past two years,” Enix said. “I would add to that that there is a toll on the staff as well, those who are responsible for children in the classroom.”

In his district, security teams reviewed the drills and building security and debriefed the response. Enix sent a letter to parents with a link to help them prepare students to return to school.

“There’s going to be a wide variety of answers to that,” Enix said. “Especially in light of the national events of the past week, and it’s really important to know that there are a lot of people out there whose number one priority is the safety and well-being of our students.”

Ellis said he was ready to send his kids back to school for some sense of normalcy.

“Get them back, you know?” Even if it takes all day to have a meeting or something to talk about – hey school violence isn’t good, we can’t have it. It’s a zero tolerance policy that we have, ”Ellis said.

Counselors will be on hand to work with children who need extra support.

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