PCHS bomb scare was false alarm

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 11/19/17

School was suspended toward the end of the day Friday after a suspicious package was found in a Polk County High School bathroom.Authorities determined the package — a cardboard box taped up with …

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PCHS bomb scare was false alarm

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School was suspended toward the end of the day Friday after a suspicious package was found in a Polk County High School bathroom.

Authorities determined the package — a cardboard box taped up with wires sticking out — was not a bomb or any other dangerous device, though school officials did have students go to the football field while investigation was being conducted.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Jones noted Friday afternoon that a thorough scan of the school did not find any other suspicious devices. He explained the incident on the Polk County Schools Facebook page.

"The safety of our students and staff members was immediately our first priority. While everything was being figured out, all students were taken far away from the school to the football field for safety. The weather was cool (lower 40’s), but the students were safe.

"There was a small box found in the boys' bathroom that resembled an attempt to make an explosive device.  The bomb squad determined that it was a fake attempt at making a device and there was no actual bomb on the inside of the box.

"The school has been checked thoroughly to determine if there are any more such boxes in the school so that safety remains our priority. There are none that we know of and we have looked thoroughly through the building.

Jones said that school officials are watching film of the incident, and if anyone knows who might have been responsible, they should contact the school or superintendent's office.

"The person who did this will be found and will be charged," Jones said.

The superintendent gave thanks to the students and staff at the high school, as well as parents of these children. He also thanked Sheriff Steve Ross and School Resource Officer Jayson Lamb for their response to the potentially dangerous situation.

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