Police: All clear given at Princeton High School, report of active shooter is false
ARE YOU? I HAVE A POLICE OFFICER HERE RIGHT NOW, A LIEUTENANT WITH THE SHARONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. SORRY TO CHANGE SUBJECTS A LITTLE BIT. HOW ARE YOU? WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? WHAT IS GOING ON? QUICKLY RESPONDED HERE ABOUT 10:15 FOR A CALL REGARDING AN ACTIVE SHOOTING AND INJURIES INSIDE THE SCHOOL. WE WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY ASCERTAIN THAT IT WAS A HOAX. WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE OUT THERE KNOWS THAT ALL THE STUDENTS ARE SAFE. THERE HAVE BEEN NO INJURIES TO THIS EVENT. ALL THE STUDENTS ARE ACCOUNTED FOR AND EVERYONE IS WELL. BECAUSE OF THE DISRUPTION, THE HIGH SCHOOL IS DISMISSING FOR THE DAY. IT IS HOPEFUL TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT AS TO WHERE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO GO. IF THEY ARE A BUS WRITING STUDENT, THEY WILL BE BUST HOME FROM THE SCHOOL AND I THINK THEY ARE LOADING THE BUSES NOW. IT WILL BE DROPPED OFF AT THEIR NORMAL LOCATION. IF THE STUDENTS ARE DRIVERS, THEY ARE GETTING INTO THEIR CARS AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GO HOME. IF STUDENTS NEED TO BE PICKED UP, THE STUDENTS ARE WALKING OVER TO THE VINEYARD CHURCH ON CENTURY CIRCLE BOULEVARD IN SPRINGDALE. THAT IS THE REUNIFICATION SPOT. WE ASK THAT NO PARENTS COME TO THE HIGH SCHOOL EVEN THOUGH EVERYONE IS SAFE. WE HAVE A HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE AND WE ARE DEALING WITH THE CROWDS CAUSING A LOT OF CONFUSION. CENTRAL CIRCLE BOULEVARD, THE VINEYARD CHURCH. WE HAVE OFFICERS THERE AND WE HAVE SOME SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES THERE AS WELL. EVERYONE IS SAFE. EVERYTHING IS FINE. THIS WAS NOT A GOOD CALL. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE IN CROWD MANAGEMENT MODE. KARIN: THE MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS NOT BEEN IMPACTED IN TERMS OF EARLY RELEASE, CORRECT? >> THE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS GOING TO MAINTAIN THEIR NORMAL DAY. THEY DID GO INTO LOCKDOWN A LITTLE BIT. THE CALL WAS REGARDING THE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE SCHOOL HAS SINCE BEEN CLEARED. IT IS ONE OF THE REASONS IT TOOK US SO LONG TO GIVE AN OFFICIAL ALL CLEAR. WE WENT ROOM TO ROOM TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS NOTHING. KARIN: TALK ABOUT THIS. THERE WAS A THREAT. DIDN’T GET CALLED IN? WAS IT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA? >> IT WAS A DIRECT 911 CALL FROM A PERSON ALLEGING TO BE A STUDENT IN THE SCHOOL AND DESCRIBED A SHOOTER AND MULTIPLE INJURIES. I THINK THE 911 CALL WAS TRANSFERRED OUT OF CINCINNATI. ONE OF — WHEN THE DISPATCHERS GET A CALL LIKE THAT, THEY DON’T WASTE TIME, SO THAT IS WHERE WE HAD A MASSIVE RESPONSE FROM ALL THESE AGENCIES. KARIN: YOU HAD JUST ABOUT EVERY AGENCY IN GREATER CINCINNATI HERE. YOU WERE HERE FAST. I WAS A FEW MILES AWAY AND YOU HAD THE PLACE SURROUNDED. TALK ABOUT WHEN IT IS A THREAT AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. YOU JUST CALL EVERYONE IN? >> SOMETHING OF THIS MAGNITUDE, IT ABSOLUTELY — IT GOES ALL COUNTIES. WE HAD WESTCHESTER, CINCINNATI POLICE, THE SHERIFF’S HELICOPTER, COUNTY SWAT TEAM. ALL OUR SCHOOLS IN — PRINCETON, WE HAVE FULL-TIME SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS WHO WERE ALREADY CHECKING ROOMS, TRYING TO GIVE CREDIBILITY TO THE THREAT. WE ARE HAPPY WITH OUR RESPONSE AND HOW WELL WE FEEL SUPPORTED. THERE ARE SEVERAL HUNDRED POLICE OFFICERS, PROBABLY. KARIN: THROUGHOUT OHIO, THERE WERE SEVERAL THREATS MADE AT SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT OHIO. DO YOU KNOW IF THIS IS CONNECTED TO THAT? >> I CAN’T SPEAK TO THAT. OBVIOUSLY, THEY ARE SIMILAR CALLS. ONE, COUNTY, STARK COUNTY, THERE WERE SIMILAR CALLS. WE CAN PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. WE ARE STILL IN CROWD MANAGEMENT MODE, MAKING SURE STUDENTS GET REUNITED AND THERE IS LESS CONFUSION AT THE SCHOOL. AFTER THAT, IT TURNS INTO A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR EVERYTHING ELSE. KARIN: WHO WILL BE HANDLING THAT? HE SAID THE CALL ORIGINATED IN CINCINNATI. DO YOU THINK THAT WHOEVER MADE THE CALL WITHIN THE CITY OF CINCINNATI? >> WE HAVE ALREADY GOT PEOPLE LOOKING INTO WHERE THAT CAME FROM. WE WILL START IT. IF THERE ARE MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS, IT COULD BE A MULTIPLE AGENCY THING OR A FEDERAL THING. KARIN: HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO ANY OF THE STUDENTS WHO WERE JUST RELEASED? IF YOU HAVE, HOW ARE THEY DOING? EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A HOAX, DURING THOSE MOMENTS, I WAS OUT HERE WITH THE PARENTS WHO WERE ON THE PHONES WITH THEIR LOVED ONES. THEY WERE PANICKED, TRYING TO BE QUIET, SAYING “MOM, PLEASE COME GET ME.” HOW ARE THEY NOW? >> THE STUDENTS I TALKED TO LEAVING ARE IN GOOD SPIRITS. BUT IN THE MOMENT WHEN WE WERE IN THERE, GOING ROOM TO ROOM, IT CAUSED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PANIC, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE SO FRUSTRATED AND SO ANGRY THE PEOPLE WHO FEEL THIS IS SOME LEVEL OF AMUSEMENT TO DO THIS. WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HOLD SOMEBODY ACCOUNTABLE FOR IT BECAUSE IT LITERALLY TERRORIZED A LOT OF THESE KIDS. KARIN: I KNOW THE SHARONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU TRAINED FOR WITH PRINCETON CITY SCHOOLS? >> WE HAVE. THIS IS A NEWER BUILDING. WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF TOURS AND OTHER THINGS INSIDE THE BUILDING. ALL OF OUR OFFICERS HAVE KEYS SO THEY CAN SWIPE THROUGH DOORS AND DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. STRANGELY ENOUGH, WE HAVE ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING NEXT WEEK. A LOT OF THAT WILL BE APPLICABLE. MAYBE WE CAN TAKE SOME LESSONS FROM TODAY AND APPLY THAT TO OUR TRAINING NEXT WEEK. KARIN: LIEUTENANT, THANK YOU FOR THROWING THE AIR AND GETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONFUSION FROM PARENTS. >> MY JOB IS TO GET THE WORD OUT FOR WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD. VINEYARD CHURCH. IF YOUR STUDENT IS A DRIVER, THEY ARE ABLE TO DRIVE. IF THEY ARE A BUS RIDER, THEY WILL BE BUST HOME. MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE NOT AFFECTED AS MUCH THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE, SO THEY ARE GOING TO REMAIN AT SCHOOL FOR THE DAY. KARIN: THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT. STAY SAFE OUT THERE. LIKE YOU HEARD, ONLY THE STUDENTS — THE PICKUP STUDENTS ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE TO BE PICKED UP AT VINEYARD CHURCH. A BUS RIDER WILL BE DROPPED OFF AT HOME. IF THEY DROVE THEIR OWN CARS, THEY ARE NOW FREE TO GO AND GO HOME. I KNOW A LOT OF PARENTS OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY THE ONES I TALKED TO, CANNOT WAIT
Police: All clear given at Princeton High School, report of active shooter is false
Police have given the all clear at Princeton High School after the school was put on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter that was found to be a hoax, according to Sharonville police. The call came in around 10 a.m. Sharonville Police said they were dispatched for a report of an active shooter and said at this time it appears to be a hoax. Students who rode the bus will be bussed from the school to their normal drop off locations.Students who are getting picked up by parents will be taken to Vineyard Church.Students who drove to school will be dismissed to their cars.Princeton Community Middle School will follow the same procedures after the high school students have been dismissed.Police are asking people to continue to avoid the area as there is still a large police presence. Surrounding schools were also put on lockdown as police investigated. Those lockdowns have been lifted. In a release, Princeton High School said inaccurate information, hoaxes and a rash of threats are happening across the nation. The school said they are working local law enforcement and appreciate the quick response of law enforcement from across the region.
Police have given the all clear at Princeton High School after the school was put on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter that was found to be a hoax, according to Sharonville police.
The call came in around 10 a.m.
Sharonville Police said they were dispatched for a report of an active shooter and said at this time it appears to be a hoax.
Students who rode the bus will be bussed from the school to their normal drop off locations.
Students who are getting picked up by parents will be taken to Vineyard Church.
Students who drove to school will be dismissed to their cars.
Princeton Community Middle School will follow the same procedures after the high school students have been dismissed.
Police are asking people to continue to avoid the area as there is still a large police presence.
Surrounding schools were also put on lockdown as police investigated. Those lockdowns have been lifted.
In a release, Princeton High School said inaccurate information, hoaxes and a rash of threats are happening across the nation. The school said they are working local law enforcement and appreciate the quick response of law enforcement from across the region.
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