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UPDATE: Schools dismissed because of bomb threat

A suspect has been identified in today’s threat against the Ironton school system.

The schools were emptied at 11 a.m. after a receiving a phone threat to blow up the school, according to Dean Nance, superintendent of Ironton City Schools.

“We take every threat seriously and we thought there may be some validity to this one. So we evacuated the school,” Nance said.

The school system worked with the Ironton Police Department, Lawrence Count y Sheriff’s Office, Ironton Fire Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, who also brought in bomb sniffing dogs, and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the situation.

The suspect has been pin pointed, but no other information is being made public at this time.

“Yes. I was given a specific name but do not feel authorized to release it,” Nance said.

All organizations are working together to resume normalcy.

“We will clear the building and school will resume tomorrow,” Nance said.