Police look into Niles threats

Allegedly made by high school student

NILES — For the third day in a row, police investigated students accused of making threats at Niles City Schools.

Niles police Chief Jay Holland confirmed police were at the high school Thursday investigating “alleged threat comments” made by a student. Holland said more details may be available today. Six police cars were at the high school Thursday afternoon and teachers, staff and students who were approached said they didn’t know the reason for the police presence.

Principal Tracie Parry did not reply to requests for comment and Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Two students were suspended and are facing criminal charges of inducing panic after being accused of making threats against the student body at the high school and middle school on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Those threats prompted the district to ban book bags at the high school and the student body was convened for assemblies and warned about the repercussions of making such threats or even joking about committing an act of violence.