All Painesville City Schools closed after suspicious voice mail, phone call

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- All schools in the Painesville City Local School District were closed on Monday after someone called in a bomb threat to Thomas W. Harvey High School.

Police said someone left a message on the high school's answering machine at about 6:45 a.m. saying that there was a bomb. The person then called back around 7:30 a.m. expanding the threat to all six Painesville schools.

As a precaution, the high school was evacuated after the threat, and the students were sent home, authorities say. Elm Street Elementary School was not in session yet, so its students were diverted back home.

Officials eventually decided to cancel classes in all district schools.

"We take every threat seriously," said Supt. John Shepard. "So with that said, first and foremost is the safety of our children. Just as we do with calamity days, we take it seriously. Student safety is paramount to any decision we make before calling off school."

The all-clear has been given as police continue to investigate. The district says security will also be stepped up ahead of Tuesday's school day.