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Published: Friday, 10/26/2007

Bomb threat shuts down Bellevue's city schools


BELLEVUE, Ohio - Bellevue City Schools were closed yesterday after a bomb threat was posted on a newspaper's Web site, authorities said.

Area law enforcement officers found no evidence of explosives during their search of the district's seven buildings, said Stephen Schumm, the schools' superintendent.

"I take the safety and security of our students and our employees and our teachers very seriously. That is of paramount importance," Mr. Schumm said.

The threat was posted on the Sandusky Register's Web site in the comments section of a story about this week's anti-terror training in Bellevue schools

It read, according to the newspaper, "Bomb.. Thursday Be ready THIS IS NOT A SIMULATION SEE U GUYS TOMORROW!!"

A Register employee noticed the posting early yesterday morning and notified the Sandusky and Bellevue police departments, which then contacted Mr. Schumm.

The newspaper removed the posting from the site, it said.

The school day initially was delayed for two hours, but Mr. Schumm decided to cancel classes about 7:30 a.m. Classes are to resume as normal today.

Authorities are investigating the incident to determine who posted the threat, Mr. Schumm said.

Bellevue is about 50 miles southeast of Toledo.

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