First responders have determined no bomb was at Pickerington High School North this morning, March 1, according to the most recent Facebook post from Pickerington Local Schools.
North is closed today after what was believed to be a bomb threat at the school.
The district gave the all-clear via social media shortly after 11 a.m.
"We evacuated the building after wires were seen hanging out of a student locker and an odor was identified in that area," the post said. "The investigation determined the wires were from a student's locker decorations, which were attached to a battery. The smell came from some decomposing food."
"At this time, we do not believe this was an intentional act by any student to incite panic."
District officials announced via Facebook just before 9 a.m. that North was being evacuated.
A second post 15 minutes later said classes at North would not resume for the remainder of the day, but all other schools were determined to be safe and would remain open.
“Please note that due to a bomb threat we are evacuating students from Pickerington High School North,” a post on the district’s Facebook page said. “PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL AS IT WILL HINDER FIRST RESPONDERS FROM SEARCHING THE BUILDING.
The district’s second Facebook post said classes at other district buildings would be maintained, but North students who drove to school would not immediately have access to their vehicles.
“Pickerington High School North will not resume classes today,” the second post said. “Students have been safely evacuated to Lakeview Junior High.
“Buses are en route to transport these students home. Students who drive will be permitted to take their vehicles home soon. ALL STUDENTS ARE SAFE AND PARENTS ARE ASKED TO NOT COME TO LAKEVIEW OR THE HIGH SCHOOL TO PICK UP THEIR CHILDREN AS IT WILL HINDER FIRST RESPONDERS. All other buildings, including Lakeview, remain open. More information will follow.”
District spokesman David Ball referred to the Facebook posts when contacted at 9:30 a.m. March 1 and said he did not have additional information at that time.
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