Tight security continues at Orange High School Friday because of email threats

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio - The first day back at Orange High School after bomb threats started tense, but lightened up because of the positive mood of staff and law enforcement, according to Principal Paul Lucas.

Lucas and Superintendent Nancy Wingenbach said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that 60 percent of the students came to school, and only four teachers were out, fewer than normal.

The Pepper Pike Police Department told NewsChannel5 that there was another threat overnight regarding the high school. The threat was a forwarded email sent a little after 1 a.m., police dispatch said.

But Orange High School did reopen Thursday under tight security, with 12 officers from various departments on campus as students arrived. Five of those officers stayed through the entire school day.

Officers searched all backpacks before students entered the school.

Lucas said the same safety precautions will be in place on Friday, including police on campus, no large book bags allowed and no one allowed to go to their cars after entering the building.

Some of the threatening emails had pointed toward Friday as being "D-day." But Lucas said, "I'll be here," adding the building is safe.

School officials directed anyone with questions to visit the school Web page FAQ section .

The Orange School district has set up a call line for issues concerning the recent threat. Anyone with information is urged to call 216-831-8600 extension 2415.

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