Franklin Community Schools close amid ‘series of threats’

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (December 17, 2015) – Franklin Community Schools will be closed Friday amid a “series of threats,” according to Superintendent David Clendening.

Officials confirm that Thursday's incident was a bomb threat that was called into the school around 1:00 p.m.

Police say the call was very vague but mentioned that there was a homemade explosive device planted near the gymnasium.

Within minutes of the phone call Franklin Police, sheriffs officers, and a K9 bomb squad sweeped the area. They did not find any threats or suspicious items at the school.

The schools were initially placed on lockdown around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon and all after school activities were cancelled.

Superintendent Clendening released this statement Thursday around 3:30 p.m.:

There will be no school tomorrow due to a series of threats received. This decision was made in conjunction with local law enforcement.

Additionally, Franklin Community Schools sent this letter home with students on Thursday:

franklin letter to parents

Police say they do not believe at this time the threats directed at Franklin schools are connected to the threats made at Plainfield and Danville schools.

Students can come to pick up their belongings at the school Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and must have their student ID.

Finals will be held January 6, 2015.


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