Security beefed up at MCCTC following threat

Police are monitoring a threat at MCCTC in Canfield, Ohio

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Classes began as normal Wednesday at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield as officers watched for a threat that was delivered on a toilet paper dispenser.

The writing warned of a school shooting “tomorrow,” but it is unclear when it was written.

Assistant Superintendent John Zehentbauer said that extra security will be at the school throughout the remainder of the week because of the nature of the threat, but right now they are trying to figure out who wrote it by reviewing security camera footage.

A viewer tip to the WKBN newsroom indicated that a message about a shooting on campus was found written in a restroom.

School leaders are taking the threat seriously and decided to have added security at the school.

“We’ll deal with it accordingly,” Zehentbauer said. “You know, it’s a serious thing. We take a lot of pride in security.”

Canfield police confirmed they will have extra patrols at the school for the rest of the week and said the investigation is ongoing.

“We take these things very seriously. Having said that, I do not feel at this time that this is a credible threat, but we still react as if it were, so we are going to have extra officers,” Canfield Assistant Police Chief Scott Weamer said.

Weamer said police developed some leads on Tuesday that have not panned out so far, but the investigation is continuing.

“I am confident we will get to the bottom of it. Sometimes, it just takes a little time,” he said.

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