MARION, OH (WCMH) – Pleasant Local Schools dismissed early on Wednesday after a threatening note was left in a school bathroom, according to Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey.
The note, found in a girl’s bathroom stall around 9:07 a.m., warned of a school shooting at 10:00 a.m.
Bailey said all school buildings dismissed early as a precaution.
“We need to assure the community, and particularly the parents of these children, that we’re on top of this,” he explained. “We’re working on this, and we’re going to do our diligence to find out who did this.”
Tristan Nelson, a senior at Pleasant Local High School, said students became aware of the threat during second period.
“They came over the announcements, right before we changed classes, saying we weren’t allowed to leave our classrooms,” he said. “It was pretty obvious something was going on.”
Nelson’s mother said she learned of the threat, first from her son and then an automated call from the district.
Both she and Tristan said they agreed with the district’s decision to send students home early, especially in light of last week’s school shooting in Florida.
“It’s just been really heavy on my heart, with all the things that are happening,” said Sandy Nelson. “We’ve seen it in the past, when something big like this happens, you see kind of the chain reaction in communities like ours, across the country and it’s just sad.”
Bailey said there are no suspects in Wednesday’s threat.