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BEDFORD, Ohio (WJW) — Bedford police said the teenager who made an online threat to Bedford schools Monday and was apprehended Tuesday, decided to threaten the school in the hopes of having classes canceled.
Police said the suspect is a 14-year-old freshman who did not have access to weapons. They released new information on the case Wednesday.
“He made a conscious decision to make the threats in hopes of having school canceled. While achieving his desired outcome, he will now deal with very serious consequences,” the Bedford Police Department said in a post on Facebook. “The safety of the students and staff was the top priority in every decision made during this time. Hopefully, this lesson resonates with anyone else that is looking for an easy day off.”
The threat prompted the district to close schools on Tuesday.
Although the threat was confirmed to not be credible, the district closed schools again on Wednesday to prepare for students’ return Thursday, according to a press release.
The release said in part: “Though the threat was not credible, based upon conversations and feedback, we are taking today to review, adjust, and practice some safety protocols as well as prepare SEL lessons for students and staff in preparation for their return tomorrow.”
The district also thanked law enforcement, district families and staff for their cooperation, diligence and patience during the situation.