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MCCTC students sent home early due to threat

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The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center was placed on lockdown Wednesday after receiving several anonymous threats.

Police say at around 10 a.m., three different anonymous calls were made to the school. One of them was a threat involving a gun.

Shortly after, the school received another call about a bomb threat.

“Our school resource officer worked together with the administration and immediately got the school locked down,” said Canfield Police Chief Chuck Collucci.

Canfield Police and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and secured the building. They searched the school but didn’t’ find anything.

MCCTC Superintendent John Zehentbauer said there are about 1,000 students who attend the school. He said they had to use a long, safe evacuation process to get the students out of the building.

“The students are surprisingly cooperative. Other than being in lockdown for two hours, obviously, there are restroom issues and logistical issues, but the students mostly understand what we are doing. I think they trust our judgment,” Zehentbauer said.

Students and faculty are all safe. Police are still working to identify a suspect.

The school will be open as normal on Thursday but there will be extra police officers.

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