BYESVILLE, Ohio -- A lock down situation at the Rolling Hills Schools on Thursday was triggered by a man who was reportedly threatening suicide at a home in the vicinity of the schools. Captain Jeff Paden of the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office told AVC News that the situation leading to the lock-down of Meadowbrook High School, Meadowbrook Middle School and Brooke Elementary was brought under control around 4 pm. Earlier, a well-being check on a resident, who was reportedly armed with a shotgun, was requested at a home on Patricia Drive in the adjacent Rolling Hills Subdivision, which prompted the action. Deputies surrounded the residence and attempted to establish communication with the subject, but were unable to do so. Later, deputies entered the home and found the man dead, from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Guernsey County Coroner Dr. Sandra Schubert declared the subject dead at the scene. An investigation into the man's death is on-going.
A bomb threat was also discovered on a rest room wall at the Middle School, while the schools were on lock-down. According to reports from the Sheriff's Office, following a brief investigation, the School Resource Officer at Rolling Hills was able to determine who placed the message on the wall. There were no explosive devices in the school. Charges are now pending against that individual, who is a juvenile.