Football game, homecoming dance postponed after district receives threatening letter

UTICA, Ohio (WCMH) — Law enforcement officials said they will be stepping up police presence at Utica High School after the district received a “threatening letter” recently.

The Wednesday night bonfire, Friday night football game and Saturday homecoming dance have been postponed.

Utica Police Chief Clifford Bigler says the typed letter contained a violent threat. The writer targeted Friday’s homecoming game against Lakewood and the homecoming dance Saturday.

“A lot of language in it was very cruel language,” he said.

He said police and FBI officials are talking with a few individuals, but are not releasing any other information at this time.

Bigler said investigators believe this incident has no relation to the August bomb threat at the same school.

“We looked at every avenue to possibly prevent having to postpone something,” he said. We looked at getting extra manpower, having the sheriff’s office come in as well.”

The FBI is investigating with the help of the Village of Utica Police Department and the Licking County Sheriff’s Department. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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