UPDATE: The Barberton Police Department confirmed the suspect was located in Akron with no weapons.
“He had no means to do any harm,” explained Barberton Police Chief Vince Morber.
The father of a middle school student made comments about hurting himself. The father, who lives in Akron, does not have custody and the child lives with her mother near Barberton Middle School. As a precaution, Barberton police officers are keeping a close eye on the schools. A BOLO (be on the lookout for) was entered into the police database system.
Barberton Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz released the following statement:
This morning we were told by the Barberton Police Department that there was a possible outside threat in the area. As a precaution, we placed all buildings – high school, middle school, both elementary buildings, and the preschool – on a soft lockdown.
A soft lockdown is business as usual, with no one going in or out of the buildings during this time for safety precautions.
This is all the information we received to this point, and as always no matter the circumstances we will always take precautions when it comes to the safety and security of our students and staff.
We are in constant communication with BPD, and when we are able to lift this soft lockdown we will let you know.
Thank you for your support.
– Mr. Ramnytz