Athens County Schools closed because of threat

ATHENS, Ohio – Six Athens County school districts are closed as local and federal law enforcement investigate a threat against “American students” made on through a social media group affiliated with Ohio University.

Meanwhile, OU’s commencement is going on this morning as scheduled with additional police and security measures in place, according to a release from the Athens County Sheriff’s Office.

The threat was reported earlier this morning to Ohio University police after an anonymous video was posted to Yeti, a location-based social media app aimed at college students, the release says. Users can affiliate with specific campuses, and this video, which included an image of a gun, was posted to the OU group with the text “#Tomorrow American #students will #die. Some of u are ok. Don’t go to school tomorrow.”

The information was shared with Athens County school district officials, who elected to close schools for the day “in an abundance of caution,” the release says. Closed are Athens City, Nelsonville-York Local, Federal Hocking, Trimble Local, Alexander Local and Tri-County schools.

In an audio message sent to parents, Athens schools Superintendent Tom Gibbs cited what he described as a “short time frame to respond to the threat.”

The FBI is assisting local law enforcement as they work to “evaluate the credibility of the threat,” the release says.