At about 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, part of Maysville Middle School was evacuated after a student reported a bomb threat that was found in a school restroom.
"So what we immediately did was we evacuated one entire hallway of our school," said School District Safety Director Ric Roush. "After evacuating the classroom that was mentioned in the threat, we call that basically a soft lockdown type thing where the rest of the school was placed on soft lockdown. In other words, kids are kept in a particular classroom that they are currently in."
Immediately following the evacuation, Newton Township and South Zanesville Fire Department’s responded to the school. The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office was also called to the school to assist with a K-9 Unit to sniff for a bomb.
"The sheriff’s department as they always do, immediately sent us a bomb dog that then conducted a search of the affected part of the school. And nothing was found, no substantial threat was found or no device whatsoever."
The incident is still under investigation. Roush said as of right now, it’s unclear who wrote the threat and said when they find out who did, they will take action in "a school-related way" and through criminal charges. This is the first bomb threat of the school year. Last year the school respond to two bomb threats. All parents or guardians will be notified by phone of the incident.