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Columbiana teen in custody in connection with Beaver Local bomb threat

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LISBON, Ohio - The Columbiana County Sheriff confirms that a juvenile is in custody in connection with the bomb threat at Beaver Local High School on Thursday.

Approximately 400 students, teachers and staff at Beaver Local High School had to be evacuated to the middle school as a safety precaution after the bomb threat was discovered.

Kent Polen, Beaver Local Superintendent, tells 21 News that shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday morning they contacted the Columbiana Sheriff's Office and the West Point Fire Department after an assistant principal says a teacher reported seeing the threat.

The threat was found written in large letters on the wall inside a boy's restroom stall, according to Columbiana Sheriff Ray Stone.

"The superintendent showed our officers writing on the men's bathroom wall. One of the boy's stalls said, "Bomb at 10:45." Sheriff Stone says the threat appeared to be written in pencil on the tile wall.

In that same restroom, inside a nearby trash can, a suspicious looking black computer like bag was also located among discarded paper towels.

The Youngstown Police Bomb Squad was immediately called in to investigate the suspicious package and later determined that it was a student's notebook with class papers, including the student's name inside.

Sheriff Stone says, "That young person obviously will be questioned to see why his items were found in the trash can. If he knows. Someone could have taken them out of his locker."

After every room and every locker was checked, students were able to return to classes at the high school sometime around noon.

The superintendent says the number one priority was student safety and the school's crisis response plan worked.

"It's a large disruption to the education of not only the high school students but to the middle school, because it was an inconvenience to them. But the biggest factor is student safety, and that's what we know we have to focus on, and all the students were safe," Superintendent Polen says.

A Columbiana County juvenile has been taken into custody in connection with the threat and is in the custody of juvenile authorities.

That young person will likely face discipline from the school as well as criminal charges.

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