WCTU - In a recent memo sent to parents by Dr. Charles Smialek, Superintendent of the Parma City School District, the Parma City School District addressed a concerning email that has been circulating among various Ohio school districts. The email, claiming to be from a Russian terrorist organization, threatened violence with explosive devices at schools. However, law enforcement authorities have deemed these threats to be not credible.
Similar messages were received by school districts across Texas on Friday, prompting close contact between the Parma City School District and local law enforcement agencies. The widespread nature of these emails led to the involvement of federal authorities. The Ohio Homeland Security (OHS)/Terrorism Analysis Unit (TAU) and the Statewide Terrorism Analysis & Crime Center (STACC) have determined that these are swatting and/or hoax emails and that no credible threat exists.
As a precautionary measure, the Safety and Security Team, along with local police, inspected all schools within the district, finding nothing of concern. Therefore, school will proceed as regularly scheduled, and all functions will continue as planned.
The safety and well-being of students, staff, and the community remain the highest priority for the Parma City School District. They are committed to keeping parents informed and will provide necessary updates as more information becomes available. In the meantime, they encourage everyone to report any unusual or suspicious activity by calling or texting the SaferOH hotline at 844-723-3764.
The district also understands that incidents like these can be distressing and assures parents that staff members are available to support any students who may need assistance or reassurance.
Cooperation and support from the community are vital in ensuring the safety of the school community.