RIO GRANDE — A suspect has been detained after a bomb threat was reportedly called in to the Buckeye Hills Career Center on Oct. 1.
Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin stated on Oct. 2 that Keaton T. Camp, 18, of Wellston, was reportedly detained. He also noted a charge of inducing panic, a felony of the second degree, was filed in the Gallipolis Municipal Court.
All students and staff members were accounted for and are safe the day the threat was reportedly made, according to the Career Center’s campus notification system. Students were returned to their home schools.
Sheriff Champlin stated that a school switchboard operator received a phone call at 11:23 a.m. that morning from an individual who advised that there was a bomb in the building that was going to “explode at any time.”
Students were moved to a safe location while law enforcement and first responders investigated the campus.
Champlin noted bomb-detecting canines from Ohio University Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to clear the buildings, cars and surrounding areas.
“I am very pleased with the response of our staff, students and our first responders,” stated Buckeye Hills Career Center Supt. Jamie Nash. “Although this turned out to be a false alarm, our students and staff performed exceptional. I would also like to recognize our partner schools for their cooperation and assistance during this incident.”