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Columbus Police/School Officials Encourage Dialogue About Seriousness Of Threats

Many schools in and around central Ohio either canceled classes today or increased police presence amid several threats seen on social media. 

Columbus Police Deputy Chief Michael Woods says the increased presence seen around many Columbus schools today will continue. 
Woods says detectives from three different investigative units are being used to help find out who's behind the threats. He adds that serious charges including felony counts are possible. Columbus City Schools Interim Superintendent John Stanford says the district has a zero tolerance policy of students possessing weapons on school grounds.  



Officials encouraged the community to report suspicious activity to police.  Residents can also call or text the Safer Schools Ohio tip line at 1-844-SAFEROH (844-723-3764).

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.
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