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Piqua HS closes today due to Snapchat threat rumors

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 6:20 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m.

Piqua High School will be closed Friday amid threatening social media messages sent anonymously to students.

A video on Snapchat with threats of a school shooting began circulating Wednesday, Piqua police said.

In the high school building Thursday, rumors escalated, which led to an early dismissal, Piqua City Schools Superintendent Dwayne Thompson stated in a message to high school parents.

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According to his message, students were placed on lockdown to make sure everyone was safe. “There was no gun present and the early release, again, was precautionary,” Thompson said.

Staff will still report to school on Friday.

FIRST REPORT

Piqua High School students are dismissing early today due to rumored threats, police said.

A video on Snapchat with threats of a school shooting began circulating Wednesday, police said. In the high school building today, the rumors started escalating, leading police to dismiss students early. 

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Police said they have been working with the district since Wednesday, and there are no active threats.

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We’re working to learn if high school students will return to school Friday.