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UPDATED: Waterford schools situation

Photo by Janelle Patterson Law enforcement officers stand at the entrance to Waterford Elementary School Friday morning.

UPDATE 12:12 p.m.: Students are being dismissed from Waterford High and Elementary schools following a second evacuation in two days and a subsequent lockdown.

A bomb threat was called in around 8:10 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Warden said. The call was made from an IP-based number and investigators believe it was made by the same individual who called in a bomb threat Thursday afternoon.

Warden said bomb-sniffing dogs including from Ohio University and Muskingum County searched the schools.

Students were returning to classes around 10:45 a.m. when both schools were placed on lockdown. The reason for the lockdown has not been announced.

Soon after, the Fort Frye Local Schools Facebook page announced nearby Fort Frye High and Beverly-Center Elementary schools were on full lockdown “due to another safety threat from outside the building” in a neighboring district. The Fort Frye lockdown was lifted just before noon, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Warren Local Schools were also placed on lockdown.

School buses were called back to the Waterford schools, with elementary parents able to pick up their children as well, starting around 11:30 a.m.

Waterford Elementary’s afternoon preschool and the high school’s home JV baseball and softball games have been canceled, according to the district’s Facebook page.

Read more in the weekend edition of The Marietta Times.

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