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Statement from Supt. Randy Cotner

posted Nov 2, 2017, 2:29 PM by Joe Brownfield   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 2:43 PM ]
November 2, 2017

Dear Walnut Twp. Parents,

As you know, we had a series of events today at Walnut Twp. Local Schools that caused us to go into “Lockdown Mode” twice today.  Here is a brief summary of those events:

1) At approximately 8:28 a.m. this morning, elementary principal Kim Yenni received an email on her work email address that said, “There is bomb”.  We immediately went into “Lockdown Mode”.  The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department and the Millersport Police Department were dispatched to the schools.  The administration, maintenance staff and law enforcement conducted a sweep of the buildings.  After that initial sweep, a K-9 unit also made a sweep and nothing was found.  At that point in time we resumed normal school operations.


2) At approximately 12:38 p.m. Ms. Yenni received another email stating, “I will kill the kids”.  We immediately went into lockdown again and notified law enforcement.  Law enforcement this time arrived with a heavier presence.    We stayed in lockdown for the rest of the day with law enforcement on-site.  Law enforcement stayed with our students through the end of the school day.


We are working with law enforcement in the investigation of these unfortunate events.  Decisions in these situations are based on keeping our students as safe as possible.  There are protocols we follow.  We practice these drills.  Our students and teachers did an outstanding job of following these protocols.

Thank you for your patience in these trying times.  We will be on a normal school schedule for Friday, November 3, 2017.



Randy Cotner, Superintendent

Walnut Twp. Local Schools