Licking Valley students return to class following an active shooter incident.
The active shooter call at Licking Valley Local Schools looks to be related with other fake calls around the state on Friday, according to Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp.
On Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, vehicles are parked off Licking Valley Road near Licking Valley Local Schools following what turned out to be a false allegation of an active shooter at the district. Image Credit : Maria DeVito/The Advocate
"There is no proof of any shots being fired, and everyone is safe," Thorp stated on social media. "All buildings were cleaned and secured in accordance with our policy. We believe that other jurisdictions in Ohio received the identical phone call that triggered our event."
Officers were summoned to Licking Valley High School and later Licking Valley Middle School about 11 a.m. Friday for a probable active shooting. Both schools are within walking distance of one another.
Officers were seeking for a Caucasian person in his 20s wearing an armored vest, according to radio traffic on Friday morning. One guy was apprehended, according to an officer, at 11:20 a.m. Friday. According to officers, a parent arrived at the scene armed with a handgun. It is uncertain whether the detainee is related.
At around 11:45 a.m., police confirmed through scanner that no bullets had been fired and that no injuries had been reported at Licking Valley.
An officer informed over scanner transmission that pupils will be returning to their respective schools. Licking Valley Superintendent Scott Beery stated that once that occurs, parents will be able to pick up their children at their respective schools.
They also stated that the district will dispatch two buses to pick up any pupils who are walking. As a precaution, law enforcement personnel will be aboard the buses.
Earlier radio communication suggested that law officers had emptied the facilities and were evacuating students.