ATHENS, Ohio — Six southeast Ohio school districts have canceled Friday classes because of a social media threat against students that originated in the Athens area.
Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith tells The Athens Messenger his office learned early Friday about a general threat produced around Athens and made toward American students. He says the threat was found around 5 a.m.
He says local school officials were notified as the validity of the threat is investigated. Smith says the FBI is helping.
The districts that closed are Athens City, Nelsonville-York Local, Federal Hocking, Trimble Local, Alexander Local and Tri-County schools.
In an audio message sent to parents, Athens schools Superintendent Tom Gibbs cited what he described as a “short time frame to respond to the threat.”