Police investigating threat at Niles McKinley High School

The school was placed on lockdown for two hours


NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Investigators are questioning a handful of students at Niles-McKinley High School after an unspecified threat was found written on the wall of a girl’s restroom.

The school was placed on lockdown for two hours.

Police and school officials reviewed surveillance video and bathroom sign-out sheets to figure out who could have been in there prior to the message being found.

Concerned parents showed up at the school trying to figure out what was going on after receiving text messages from their children inside the building.

Niles Police Capt. John Marshall said a lot of misinformation was spread about the incident.

“We did get information from concerned parents that showed up and that called that were concerned that there was an active shooting here or there was a shooting in the neighborhood. None of that was even remotely close to the truth,” he said.

“With social media and allowing our kids to use phones during class exchanges and lunch periods, the story grew much bigger than what it really was,” said Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen.

School officials say if they’re able to pinpoint the source of the threat, they will be taking disciplinary action.