Bomb Threat to School Derails Class, Voting


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LORAIN, Ohio — A bomb threat made to a Lorain middle school not only disrupted class, but Lorain County voters as well.

According to Ed Branham, the superintendent for Lorain City Schools, a call was made to the main office of General Johnnie Wilson School around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Someone calling from an outside line claimed an explosive was inside the Washington Avenue building.

Both the middle school and nearby Washington Elementary School were evacuated because the buildings are so close to each other.

The city and county swept both schools and declared them to be safe.

Students were scheduled for an early dismissal and went home as originally planned.

A message on the Lorain City Schools website said:

“Students and staff at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School vacated the building after they received a bomb threat (Tuesday) afternoon. All safety and security procedures were followed and the Lorain Police Department, Lorain Fire Department, and Lorain City Schools staff searched the building and confirmed that it was safe to return. Everyone returned in time for dismissal at 2:30 pm.”

At the time the middle school was evacuated, poll workers took information from voters and instructed them to return at a later time.

Voting resumed around 2:15 p.m.

It was not known how many voters were affected by the threat at the time of this report.

The Lorain Police Department will investigate the threat.

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