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Bomb threat interrupts learning

Administrators and authorities work together to ensure student safety

Students wait for an all clear from the police to head back into the building after a bomb threat was found. This lasted for about two hours.

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Students wait for an all clear from the police to head back into the building after a bomb threat was found. This lasted for about two hours.

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During 5th period today, classes were interrupted by the blaring of the fire alarm, and what at first seemed like a routine fire drill became something more as the students were directed to the stadium rather than remaining in designated spots as usual. 

“At first I was like ‘eh fire drill…As we were walking this way I was like ‘hold up this isn’t right. Where are we going? What’s going on now? Is this how fire drills in high school work?’” Isaiah Jones, freshman, said.

Reactions to the interruption were mixed.

“I think it is just somebody being childish,” Sarah Donaldson, junior, said.

Donaldson’s mom is an English teacher at the school and was able to give her daughter some insight on the incident.

“My mom…said that a threat got called in, and they [police officers] have to scour the school and the parking lot,” Donaldson said.

It took a little more than an hour for the police to search the school and give the all-clear for students to return. During this time many found different ways to entertain themselves.

Photo Courtesy of Kaylee Blount
Saul Charles, freshman, is the freshman class president. Charles used the hour-long evacuation to take a nap.

To many, the threat came as a surprise especially since last Friday a bomb threat was announced at the middle school.

“I feel like however the middle schoolers from Friday were feeling. Why is this happening? This better be a joke, and if this is a joke a hope those sons get sent to jail cause that’s not something you should do,” Jones said.

Throughout the event, administrators kept parents informed through calls and emails, and they are currently working to figure out who wrote the note that caused the evacuation.

“I assure you we are actively investigating and will appropriately punish the individual or individuals responsible,” David Shedd, principal, said.

SRO Deputy Benson or an administrator will be available to take any information that could help in the investigation.

 

 

 

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