Superintendent Dan Sichting announced late Friday that Bloomfield School District will remain on lockdown all next week, with an increased police presence, following an incident on Thursday that sent the school into lockdown on Friday.
Sichting's press release states the lockdown will continue when students return to school on Monday, Jan. 28 and remain in place through Friday, Feb. 1.
Sichting said additional information was received Friday afternoon concerning the individual attempting to gain entrance into Bloomfield School District facilities on Thursday.
"Due to this information, Bloomfield School District will continue with increased police presence and police patrols near the school and park," said Sichting.
"Please do not contact local law enforcement seeking additional information, as law enforcement officials continue to work an active case.
"I want to repeat, no specific credible threat has been identified to any individual student or groups of Bloomfield School District students at this point."
Earlier in the day Friday, a juvenile was in custody and the school on lockdown for the day, due to suspicious activity that took place around the school Thursday afternoon.
Sichting said at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, junior/senior high school principal David Dean located an individual trying to gain access to the school.
He was unable to access the interior of the school because the doors are always locked during the school day.
The suspect, a male juvenile whose name is not being released due to his age, claimed to be an 18-year-old looking to enroll in the school. He also claimed to be working with local law enforcement.
The individual walked away from the school after being unable to gain entry, paused outside the window of a math class on West Spring Street and peered in the window for an extended period of time.
At this point, the teacher informed administration of the suspicious person outside the classroom.
After walking from the window of the math class, the suspect walked to the corner of Spring and Cleveland Streets. The suspect then made his way around the school, onto John Street, just east of the school.
"A teacher on his way to an appointment, who lives on John Street, was coming out of his house and struck up a conversation with the individual. He (the suspect) said he was looking for a 14 or 15-year-old student, and used her first name. He also used information about her that not just anyone would know, like where her father was employed," Sichting explained.
Sichting added the individual indicated he was working undercover with the local police department.
"The individual was carrying handcuffs. No weapon was visible to the staff member," Sichting noted.
The interaction with the teacher took place at approximately 2:15 p.m., and the teacher contacted Dean around 3:10 p.m. to report the conversation.
Dean immediately contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
Once the student who the suspect was allegedly searching for was identified, Dean contacted the student's parent. The mother called back around 6:30 p.m.
"The same (suspect) individual -- at the end of school -- went to the park and made contact with the female student. The contact was brief, and her parent was there to pick her up," Sichting added.
Bloomfield Town Marshal Kenneth Tharp said officers continued to receive tips regarding the individual, and he was detained by officers around 11 p.m. Thursday.
"The officers were following leads as we got them. We eventually located him (the suspect) at an apartment here in town. He was detained, interviewed at the (Greene County) Jail and released to his mother," Tharp said.
He added there was no threat to the school or student identified by the suspect.
"It just made people uneasy," Tharp said.
Sichting stressed the school's safety procedures and the staff's attention to detail helped to prevent a tragedy.
"The individual never had access to our building. He was on the exterior ... In the environment we live in today, vigilance is a key component to safety, and I have made sure to highlight this to the staff. They have to have attention to detail because the details may be able to help avoid a tragedy," Sichting stressed.