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Police could release new Wayne HS homecoming dance information Wednesday

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 9:39 PM
Updated: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 12:17 PM
By: Breaking News Staff, Will Garbe

UPDATE @ 2:49 p.m. (Oct. 2):

Huber Heights police said they hope to have additional information to release Wednesday in connection to the incident at Wayne High School’s Homecoming Dance this past weekend.

We’ll update this story as the information is released.

UPDATE @ 12:06 p.m. (Oct. 2):

The juvenile male who police said started the altercation that caused a false alarm of a shooting Saturday night at Wayne High School’s Homecoming Dance could face charges for disorderly conduct, though no decision has been made, said Sgt. Charles Taylor of the Huber Heights Police Division.  

“Numerous people did tell us that there was some sort of altercation in the courtyard, where either a kid banged his hands on the table or picked the table up causing a loud noise,” Taylor said.

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He did not know if the individual was a student.  Taylor said the school was discussing the matter Monday morning. Phone calls to the superintendent and principal were not immediately returned. 

On Saturday, panicked callers told dispatchers there was a shooting at Wayne High School’s Homecoming Dance, while parents called to check on their children, according to 911 calls obtained by this newsroom.  

“Oh my God! Lord Jesus, help me, Lord Jesus,” a caller shouted at a 911 dispatcher who asked for the location of her emergency.  “Wayne! Wayne!” said the caller. “There’s a shooting at Wayne! Bring somebody!”  

In reality, there was no shooter. Police later said the event was a false alarm.  

In the 911 calls, Principal Jeff Berk told dispatchers that police were not on scene. Taylor said the school hired private security.  “We have not been in attendance for dances in a few years,” Taylor said. “That is on the wishes of the school’s director of safety.”

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

More than 50 police officers from around the county arrived within minutes to Wayne High School amid reports tonight of a school shooting during the homecoming dance.

“It turned out to be a fight, in which a student picked up a metal tabletop and slammed it on the ground, making a popping noise, and then students thought that it was actually gunfire and started making all the frantic 911 calls,” Huber Heights police officer Aaron Harlow said.

The dance ended early, but there were no injuries, police said.

Police did not make any arrests, and said it would be up to school officials to discipline students for fighting at the dance.

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.

The Wayne High School twitter page indicates the report of shots fired during the homecoming dance was a false alarm.

Instead, a table was flipped over, which prompted some students to yell “gun,” according to the tweet.

A Huber Heights mayoral candidate, Jeff Gore, said he and his wife were chaperones at the dance.

In a post on his Facebook page, Gore said a student slammed a picnic table on the ground in the courtyard. Another student yelled there was a gun, which caused a panic. Gore said as students were running outside balloons were popping, which caused more panic.

FIRST REPORT

Police rushed to Wayne High School in Huber Heights tonight after there was a report of shots fired inside during the school’s homecoming dance.

Huber Heights police issued a signal 99 for officers in need of assistance, which drew officers from across the area to the school, 5400 Chambersburg Road.

The dance was canceled early, but after officers made sure no suspects were inside students were to be permitted to retrieve their belongings, according to reports.

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By 9:50 p.m., additional crews were called off the incident, and police said they were not seeking anyone.

Huber Heights police dispatch said the department would release information later tonight.