Shooting threat leads to extra security at Ashland City Schools, closing of Ashland County Community Academy Friday

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ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland police are taking action following a school shooting threat posted to Snapchat.

According to a press release on the police department's Facebook page, on Thursday, a report was made to a school resource officer that a student had uncovered a social media post concerning a threat to shoot up Ashland High School and Ashland County Community Academy.

Police said despite all of their efforts, they have not been able to identify the source, and the credibility of the threat has yet to be determined. They said Ashland City Schools has elected to stay open Friday; however, Ashland County Community Academy will be closed Friday.

Ashland police will post officers at the city schools.  Police stated in the press release that every effort will be made to ensure the safety of the students and staff attending Ashland City Schools.

Superintendent Doug Marrah said in a call to parents, "a student shared an anonymous, non-specific, nebulous SnapChat post regarding students at Ashland City High School and ACCA. It is unclear in the post what day the person intended to issue the threat. As is our practice the Ashland Police Department was immediately notified and our School Resource Officer worked with the department to promptly begin an investigation. After discussing the situation with the AHS administrative team, the decision was made to keep our schools open Friday."

Marrah said the district honors a parent's decision to not send their child to school on Friday with the absence not being counted against the child.

Anyone with information on this threat is asked to please call School Resource Officer Jeremy Jarvis at 419-289-3639 ext 115.

Later in the evening, Police Chief David Marcelli provided the following update to concerned parents:

SCHOOL THREAT UPDATE: When this report came in every effort was made to identify the person responsible. When it was evident that we were not able to accomplish this by the end of the day, I contacted every primary School in the city as well as Ashland University to inform them of the situation. The decision to close or remain open was left to the decision of each administrator. I also contacted every pre-school and large day care on our list to notify them of the threat. It was also left up to them to decide to close or remain open. I have recalled Officers scheduled to be off tomorrow to report for duty at the schools. We will do everything in our power to protect our children. We will continue to investigate every lead to identify the source of this threat.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please stop calling the station and dispatch. They have no more information than is contained in the press release. Do keep checking back here for updates. I promise to keep you updated with information as it becomes available.

Please contact the number included in the press release if you have any information.

If you choose not to send your children to school tomorow, that is okay. We cannot close the schools in response to every threat, but know we will take every step to secure our schools, some you will know about, some you will not.

I have seen comments about armed parents going to the schools to protect their children. I understand why you feel this way. I feel this way. Please understand that the Officers and staff will not be able to differentiate between you and a threat. As a result, you will be treated as a threat.

Please know that we are taking this threat seriously. We are still investigating this situation and will keep you informed. We will also be at the schools tomorrow to protect all of our children.


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