FBI investigating Niles school threats

FBI investigating Niles school threats

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – All Niles City Schools are closed Tuesday after someone made a bomb threat against the district.

A bomb threat shut down Niles Schools two weeks ago as well, when the school year was just starting.

WKBN is working Tuesday to learn more about the threat from police and school leaders. School officials confirmed that the FBI is investigating the threats.

Niles Superintendent Ann Thigpen released a statement implementing a new search policy for the district’s middle and high schools:

Until further notice, students in grades 6-12 at Niles Middle School and Niles McKinley High School will not be permitted to bring book bags to school. Students in after school activities who need to bring a gym bag will have these bags searched upon arrival and they will be stored in a central location until the end of the day. Also, all purses and lunch bags will be searched. We understand this is a huge inconvenience and if parents/guardians are not comfortable having their child’s personal belongings searched, they should not send them to school with anything except their school materials.
Classes will start back up Wednesday, according to Thigpen, and Band Night and all after-school activities scheduled for Tuesday evening will continue as scheduled.

“You are basically taking resources away from actual problems that are happening to address something that has been made up,” Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Spokeswoman Suzanne Dabkowski said. “It reminds me of the story of the little boy that cried wolf.”

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