Updated at 11:50 am: All Princeton High School students will be dismissed for the day after an active shooter threat prompted a massive law enforcement response at the school building, according to Sharonville police.
The threat turned out to be a hoax, police said.
Police said students taking the bus will be picked up at school and dropped off at their usual places. Students who drive to school alone will be able to access their cars and leave for the day.
Students who are normally picked up from school will be escorted to the Vineyard Church at 11340 Century Circle Blvd., where parents can pick them up, police said.
There is still a heavy police presence at the high school, the department said, adding that Princeton High School was not affected by the incident.
Princeton schools: All students safe and accounted for amid ‘rash’ of school shootings and bomb threats
Updated at 11:30 am: Princeton Schools says all students are safe and accounted for, adding that the police response was prompted by a threat called the school district.
“There is not and was not an active shooter,” the district said in a robocall. The school district said there has been an “eruption” of threats against schools across the country.
USA TODAY found at least 30 active shooter false alarms and threats done in schools across the country last week.
Authorities have not publicly said the incidents are related, but experts say these intentional false reports have similarities. Their origins may be difficult or impossible to trace, but waves of false alarms are often the work of disgruntled pranksters trying to disrupt the school or malicious bad guys trying to spread fear. And such cheating seems to increase this time of year with students returning to classrooms.
Parents and family members of the students left work to rush to school, parking a block away, to find out if their loved ones were in danger.
“They don’t have this under control. There is no order. The answer was there, but we (parents) are here and we don’t know what’s going on,” said Markita Richardson, who has a daughter who attends Princeton High School. “We get phone calls from our children that 11 people were shot, but then the police tell us that it is a hoax. And the attitude that the police were giving here to the parents, who are only concerned about our children, is not good.” . “
Police were dispatched to Princeton High School after the threat to the Cincinnati-area school; the call appears to be a hoax
Updated at 11am: The Sharonville Police Department says officers were dispatched to Princeton High School on Friday for a reported active shooter, though it appears to be a hoax.
Police said multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene checking the building. Residents are urged to avoid the area.
Police arrive at Princeton High School before 10:30 am, parents are told to go to Vineyard Church
Previous reports: Police are responding to a reported emergency at Princeton High School, according to Hamilton County dispatchers.
Police cars and emergency vehicles were seen arriving at the school shortly before 10:30 a.m.
The school, located at 100 Viking Way off Chester Road in Sharonville, appears to be closed.
Parents coming to school are asked to go to Vineyard Church, Hamilton County emergency services posted on Twitter.
Emergency dispatchers did not say the nature of the call.
This report will be updated
This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Princeton High School: ‘There…were no active shooters’ in Cincinnati