Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - "Save Our Schools" was the battle cry Thursday night as students gathered outside the Strongsville Board of Education building to once again call for an end to the teachers' strike.
Strongsville teachers have been walking the picket line since March 4 in a contract dispute with the board. They asked the board to resume negotiations this coming Saturday. However board president David Frazee said the federal mediator must call meetings.
"If nothing's getting done, we're just losing regardless because nothing is getting accomplished," said student Austin Robinson who attended the candlelight rally.
Teachers also attended the rally, including some from other school districts who came to show their support.
Student Jordan Kelley said he organized the rally to show student unity. He said the strike is causing animosity within the student body as students choose sides.
"I hope that we as a student body will show a united front and it will kind of help to bring us all together," he said.
Students said they will hold rallies every Thursday night until the teachers are back in the classrooms.
"We need this to be over as quickly as possible," Kelley said.
All preschools, elementary schools and the high school were closed Monday in Strongsville after a bomb threat.
The principal of Chapman Elementary School in Strongsville is asking the community to be on the lookout for vandals who've been targeting the school and destroying property.
Families in Strongsville are hoping the fresh start of a new school year will remove the bitter taste from a teachers' strike that divided the community last spring.
The president of the Cleveland Teachers Union is suing the Strongsville City Schools Board of Education for information about teachers and subs who taught during the Strongsville teachers' strike.
Declining enrollment is cause for cutting teaching positions, according to Strongsville school officials.
A Strongsville High School Spanish teacher that crossed the picket line returned to work Tuesday to find many of her classroom belongings ruined.
Strongsville schools returned to normal Tuesday as teachers went back to their classrooms after the strike.
Strongsville teachers went back to school Monday afternoon after an eight-week strike that ended over the weekend.
The end to an eight-week-long teachers' strike in Strongsville brought about mixed emotions in the suburban-Cleveland community.