Police probe Nordonia school threat

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Police say they are investigating alleged threats made by a former Nordonia Hills Schools employee against "numerous school employees," according to a Sagamore Hills Police Chief David Hayes.

Hayes said Superintendent Joe Clark notified the department Tuesday that he had received a report a former employee had made threats against school administrators.

"An employee who resigned from us more than a year ago told a friend last week that he was thinking about hurting himself and possibly a few specific former co-workers. We learned of this yesterday and immediately contacted Northfield Village and Sagamore Police, who investigated the situation," Clark said in a email Wednesday to residents of the district.

Both Hayes and Clark stated there was never a threat to harm students.

Hayes said that after receiving notice from Clark, Sagamore Hills police went to the man's home, where they conducted a search and got the man's permission to seize a Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun, along with a magazine and ammunition. The man then agreed to go to the Sagamore Hills Police Department, "where he was interviewed at length."

No charges have been filed.

Hayes and Northfield Village Police Chief Mark Wentz, whose department is assisting with the investigation, said their investigation so far indicates the man allegedly told a friend he was considering suicide and possibly killing co-workers whom he thought were responsible for his no longer working for the schools.

"All Nordonia Hills Schools were notified of the incident and again there was never a threat made to students of the Nordonia Hills Schools system" Hayes said. "The case is still being investigated by the Sagamore Hills Police Department's investigative section. Once the investigation is complete, a detective will confer with prosecutors in order to see what charges are appropriate."

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