Athens Middle School

The Athens Middle School on West State Street in Athens. (Photo taken in October 2018.)

The Athens Police Department, with help from the state and Athens City School District, is investigating “a potential threat at the Athens Middle School” from late Thursday evening, according to an emailed release from APD Capt. Ralph Harvey Friday morning.

While Harvey declined to release details of the threat, he did say, “…at this time investigators believe that the threat is not credible.”

The report said that the APD at 10:30 p.m. Thursday “received information regarding a potential threat at Athens Middle School. Athens Police Department investigators quickly identified and located a witness, who was interviewed.”

The Athens Police worked with the Ohio Strategic Analysis and Information Center to conduct a thorough threat assessment, the release continued. “Due to the ongoing nature of this case, I cannot share the details of the investigation or specifics of our response,” Harvey added in the release.

The APD “is working with multiple agencies including Athens City Schools in an ongoing effort on this report.”

Capt. Harvey said he doesn’t expect to release any further information about the threat today (Friday), though if additional information is available, “an update will be provided.”

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