Note that delayed Dayton school day threatened harm to students, official says

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DAYTON — A threatening note posted at the entry to Dayton High School prompted the district to delay school two hours this morning.

Superintendent Doug Johnson said the note “threatened harm to our students if we had school.”

A custodian opening the building found it around 6 a.m. on the entry door.

Johnson said he had not seen the note and did not know exactly what it said, but decided to follow the school’s emergency procedures by delaying school for two hours and contacting law enforcement. School started at 10:15 a.m.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and other emergency responders searched and secured the building this morning. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Dian Ver Valen said a bomb squad was standing by in case responders found anything, but could not confirm or deny whether a bomb threat was mentioned in the note.

“We’re not releasing the exact contents of the note at this time,” she said.

The threatening note comes less than three weeks after a teacher found a swastika burning on the grass outside Dayton Elementary School on the evening of Nov. 6.

That incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Ver Valen and said the sheriff’s office had no reason to believe the incidents were related, and no specific students or groups of students were mentioned in the note.

Ver Valen said authorities will meet with this afternoon to debrief and review the school’s safety plans and make any changes if needed.

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