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Circleville Middle School Threat Determined to be a Hoax by Homeland Security


Circleville – Earlier today a photo of a threat circulated the area threatening “CMS” School with violence, Circleville Schools, Local Law enforcement, and Homeland Security have found that photo to be a hoax.

Here is the statement from the school, “

I am reaching out to make you aware of a social media post circulating on the internet. Earlier today the District was informed that a photo was circulating on social media with a serious threat made towards “CMS”. We have been working with local law enforcement throughout the day to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  

The Circleville Police Department has investigated the threat. In addition, they have worked with the Ohio Homeland Security (OHS) for further assessment. The Statewide Terrorism Analysis & Crime Center (STACC) has determined that this statement is a hoax and presents no danger to Circleville Middle School or CVCSD. It is a generic social media post that originated several years ago. The photo has surfaced many times since then, and it is currently circulating in other states across the county. 

Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our primary concern. Any threats of violence are taken very seriously. As a precautionary measure and to reassure students and staff, there will be an increased police presence on Campus tomorrow, Monday, March 11, 2024. 

As a reminder, please talk with your student about the importance of reporting any suspicious or potentially threatening activity to a school official as soon as possible. Please do not continue re-posting disturbing messages on social media as this only spreads fear. 

We are grateful for the cooperation and assistance of the Circleville City Police Department, our School Resource Officer Van Fossen, and the Ohio Homeland Security. As always, it is the mission of Circleville City Schools to maximize the achievement of each student in a safe environment.”

As a precautionary measure, there’ll be an increased police presence on campus tomorrow, Monday, March 11, 2 0 2 4…”