UTICA- The North Fork Local School district announced today that they will be cancelling classes tomorrow, Friday, September 18 in an attempt to bring stability to a community rattled by recently made threats against the district.
According to a letter written by district superintendent Scott Hartley, and sent home with students today, this action was taken "strictly to help calm the nerves of so many of our community and staff".
The school district had previously rescheduled, then cancelled its weekend homecoming varsity and junior varsity football games against Lakewood and rescheduled all additional homecoming-related activities, including a dance and bonfire.
All actions taken were in response to a threatening letter mailed to the district, which prompted the district to contact the police and later, the FBI.
Yesterday, the Utica Volunteer Fire Department cancelled the town's popular homecoming festival and parade in response to the threat.
Utica Police Chief Cliff Bigler stated yesterday that the department is closer than it was previously to catching the culprit.
Classes in the North Fork District should resume on Monday as scheduled.
The text of Hartley's letter to parents is posted below. Continue to check back with MVOhio.net for further updates on this developing story.
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