- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) - A high school in southwest Ohio has banned backpacks and cellphones after a string of threats against the school were made on an anonymous social media application.

Officials at Washington Court House High School say concerning posts on the social media app Yik Yak began last week. The app allows users to make anonymous posts, visible to other users within a 10-mile radius.

The Columbus Dispatch reports superintendent Matt McCorkle banned cellphones last week following posts viewed as bullying. Later posts, including a threat stating a “bomb would blow up the school,” prompted officials to ban backpacks and have a police presence at school Monday.

Police and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled the building Monday and no problems were reported. School officials say the bans will remain in place for now.

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