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FBI releases statement concerning Orange High School threats

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The Cleveland Office of the FBI continues to work with the Pepper Pike Police Department and the Orange School District to identify the person or persons who are responsible for sending threatening communications through the Internet to Orange School District Administrators.  The first priority of the FBI, Pepper Pike Police, and the Orange School District is the safety of the students and staff.

The person or persons responsible for these threatening communications are using a sophisticated method of masking their emails which makes it difficult to track and identify their origin. The content of these threatening emails has been analyzed by the FBI and even though the FBI deems these emails as very serious we believe the specific threats are not credible.  The person or persons responsible have very limited knowledge of the types of explosives and biological threats that they have described in their emails.

The FBI will continue to investigate these threatening emails along with the Pepper Pike Police Department to identify the person or persons responsible with the continued safety of the students and staff as our first priority.

Thursday's state from the FBI comes one day after officials received another note threatening the district.

Orange High School also received a bomb threat Tuesday evening. The school sent the following email message to parents and posted the following message to our web site and social media accounts.

"Dear students and parents,

We want to make you aware that Orange High School has received another bomb threat this evening. The district takes these threats very seriously. After consulting with the FBI and Pepper Pike Police, we have decided to continue with school on Wednesday.

Thank you for your continued support of the Orange Schools."
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Tuesday's threat comes on the heels of biochemical agent threat sent to the school on Monday.

School officials decided to hold classes Tuesday as well, in despite of that threat.

 "Dear Orange Schools students, parents and staff,

We received a threat late last night that a biochemical agent was allegedly put in the ventilation system at Orange High School. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the FBI were both contacted immediately to analyze its legitimacy. Both agencies agreed that it is not a credible threat or plausible scheme. This is yet another threat whose intent is to manipulate us by striking fear and panic among our students, staff and parents. It is important that we face this situation and not allow to perpetrator to control our fears. Orange High School will hold classes on Tuesday as scheduled.

We thank you again for your patience and trust as we, along with the police and FBI, continue to pursue this situation."

The new threats come amid a number of bomb threats last week. Police conducted a thorough search, but didn't find anything. 


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