Report of shooter inside Belmont HS unfounded
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Multiple officers were called to Belmont High School after school officials say a rumor about a shooter in the school prompted a call to police.
According to a spokeswoman for the district, before the school day started, two students were texting each other and one asked "are you going to shoot up the school?" The other student replied, "no," but word of that text got around the school, sparking rumors.
Parents arrived to Belmont in a panic, Tiffany McIntosh said her son called her saying he wasn't sure what was going on, she called the school but got no answer. "I sent him to school to get an education, and I didn't think that this was going to be something that we were going to have to deal with today. It's a very scary situation," McIntosh said.
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According to the district spokeswoman, someone ended up calling Dayton Police, saying there was an active shooter in the building. The school, along Wayne Avenue, was evacuated as police investigated, however, the call was unfounded.
"All the way over here, I was in panic mode," McIntosh said. She wasn't the only parent who wanted answers and was frantic to get them. Kenneth Marshall's daughter was inside Belmont, "every parent is crying right now in fear," he said. "We shouldn't have this fear in school." Marshall said he was thankful a police station is right across the street from the school and officers were able to respond quickly.
Dayton Police say the school was searched and the report of a shooter unfounded. According to the district spokeswoman, the student who received the text message has been arrested.
Bernice Blackburn's granddaughter goes to Belmont, she says when she heard something was going on, she rushed to the school. She then heard it was a false alarm, when she heard the news she says she was told "don't be alarmed, don't be alarmed, how can you not be alarmed when you see what's happening?" Blackburn asked. She said as school shootings continue to happen across the country, she says, "Enough is enough."
This is a developing story and will be updated.