Update, 11:50 am: All Princeton High School students are being dismissed for the day after an active shooter threat prompted a massive law enforcement response to the school building, according to Sharonville police.
The threat proved to be a hoax, police said, and all students are safe.
Police said students who take the bus will be picked up from the school and dropped off at their normal locations. Students who drive themselves to school will be able to access their cars and leave for the day.
Students who are normally picked up from school will be escorted to Vineyard Church at 11340 Century Circle Blvd., where parents can pick them up, police said.
There is still a heavy police presence at the high school, the department said, adding Princeton Middle School was not affected by the incident.
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Sharonville Lt. Cordes told the Enquirer that “over a hundred” police officers from multiple jurisdictions, including Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Montgomery and Sharonville officers, as well as a SWAT team arrived after a hoax shooting call came in around 10:15 a.m. There was no threat. present to students.
Despite social media rumors of injuries, Cordes confirmed that that “was not true” and that all “students were accounted for and everyone is safe.”
Princeton Schools: All students safe and accounted for amid ‘rash’ of school shooting, bombing threats
Update, 11:30 am: Princeton Schools says that all students are safe and accounted for, adding the police response was prompted by a threat called in to the school district.
“There is and was no active shooter,” the district said in an automated call. The school district said there has been a “rash” of threats against schools across the country.
USA TODAY found at least 30 active shooter false alarms and threats made at schools across the country just last week.
Authorities haven’t publicly said the incidents are related, but experts say these intentional false reports have similarities. Their origins can be difficult or impossible to trace, but waves of false alarms are often the work of disgruntled pranksters trying to disrupt school or malicious bad actors trying to sow fear. And such hoaxes seem to increase around this time of year with students returning to classrooms.
Parents and relatives of students left work to rush to the school, parking over a block away, to find out if their loved ones were in danger.
“They don’t have this under control. There’s no order. The response was there, but we’re (parents) over here and don’t know what’s going on,” said Markita Richardson who has a daughter attending Princeton High School. “We’re getting phone calls from our kids that 11 people were shot, but then police are telling us it’s a hoax? And the attitude police were giving over here to parents, who are just worried about our kids, isn’t cool. “
Police dispatched to Princeton High School after Cincinnati-area school threat; call appears to be a hoax
Update, 11 am: The Sharonville Police Department says officers were dispatched to Princeton High School Friday for a reported active shooter, although it appears to be a hoax.
Police said multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene checking the building. Residents are being urged to avoid the area.
Police arrived at Princeton High School before 10:30 am, parents told to go to Vineyard Church
Previous reporting: Police are responding to an emergency reported at Princeton High School, according to Hamilton County dispatchers.
Police cars and emergency vehicles were seen arriving at the school shortly before 10:30 am
The school, located at 100 Viking Way, off Chester Road, in Sharonville, appears to be on lockdown.
Parents coming to the school are being asked to go to Vineyard Church, Hamilton County emergency services posted on Twitter.
Emergency dispatchers did not say what the nature of the call was.
This report will be updated