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Oct. 12, 2023: A Letter from Principal Gray

Good Evening Withrow Families and staff,

As you know, our school was placed on a lockdown this morning as recommended by the Cincinnati Police Department as a result of a threat of a shooting at our school that was reported to 911. We immediately put the school on lockdown that required students and staff to shelter in place and contacted district leadership who provided messaging and updates to families and staff. The intention of the lockdown is to secure all students and staff to allow police and security to investigate and search for any potential threat that may be in or around our building. Once our school is placed into a lockdown, all building and classroom doors are locked. Any students or staff arriving during this time were instructed by CPD to go to the stadium with school security.

We are fully aware that all threats, real or false, are stressful for both students and staff especially when the time from receiving the threat to getting the all-clear by CPD is long. Unfortunately, there is no timetable as to how long an investigation may take from securing the building, checking all areas to eliminate any possible threat within the building, identifying those who are making the threat and also determining the credibility of the threat. Once it is determined the threat is no longer active, CPD recommends when to return to normal activities. 

Today’s threat was issued by a student who was taken into custody. The student was not in possession of a weapon and no other weapons were found on our campus. This student is facing criminal charges and will be disciplined per CPS code of conduct including suspension and expulsion. 

We understand and acknowledge this is a traumatic event for students and staff. Our full school support team will be available to help any of our students who need assistance processing today’s events.  

Please speak with your child about the severity of making threats to our school community, monitor their social media accounts and check their backpacks daily. If you become aware of a potentially dangerous situation, please report it to school officials and/or CPD immediately.

I would like to thank CPD, and our school and district staff for their response, support and cooperation.If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 513-363-9200 during normal school hours.

Sincerely,

Jerron Gray, Principal

Withrow High School


11:00 a.m. Update - The lockdown at Withrow High School has been lifted. The normal school day will continue. We understand and acknowledge this is a traumatic event for students, staff and families. We also understand some families may like to pick up your child from school. Pick up is permitted at this time. Please do so in an orderly fashion and follow all normal check out procedures. Principal Gray will provide additional information later today including an update on this morning’s threat. We are thankful for the safety, response and cooperation of staff, students, families and Cincinnati Police Department.

10:50 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Students that arrived at school after the lockdown was issued were directed to the stadium with school security by CPD. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

10:40 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Students that arrived at school after the lockdown was issued were directed to the stadium with school security by CPD. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

10:30 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Students that arrived at school after the lockdown was issued were directed to the stadium with school security by CPD. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

10:20 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Students that arrived at school after the lockdown was issued were directed to the stadium with school security by CPD. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

10:10 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Students that arrived at school after the lockdown was issued were directed to the stadium with school security by CPD. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

10:00 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Students that arrived at school after the lockdown was issued were directed to the stadium with school security by CPD. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

9:50 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

9:40 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

9:30 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

9:20 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

9:10 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.

9:00 a.m. Update - Withrow High School is in lockdown due to a threat against the school. CPD is onsite and is actively investigating the situation. Students and staff are secure in the building. Please do not come to the school. We will provide another update in 10 minutes.