Just two days after several Strongsville schools were closed, school officials found another threat of violence.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Students who want the Strongsville teachers' strike to end held a candlelight rally Thursday evening.
What appeared to be a couple hundred students, parents, and teachers packed the sidewalk in front of the Strongsville Board of Education building, chanting "Strong teachers, strong students." Some students held signs in support of the teachers. Others remained neutral, just wanting the strike to end.
"The student body has been kind of divided over this whole thing," said student organizer Jordan Kelley. "There are tons of people who are pro-teacher and tons of people who are pro-board and I wanted to unify us and show them that we're the ones being affected by this the most."
Teachers have been on strike in Strongsville since Monday.
The union president met with the superintendent at the federal mediator's office in Independence Wednesday night to discuss resuming contract talks. That meeting ended 90 minutes later with no new talks scheduled.
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.