Students evacuate Warrensburg High School and walk toward shelter in the school bus garage Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat was found scrawled on a bathroom wall.
Photo by Thom Randall.
WARRENSBURG Warrensburg High School underwent a lockdown at 12:15 pm Thursday Nov. 15 due to a bomb threat, and no one was allowed to enter or leave the school building for about an hour.
School principal Doug Duell said later Thursday afternoon that a student discovered a bomb threat on a bathroom wall and reported it to personnel in the school office, who called the police.
Four Warren County Sheriff’s patrol officers, one county sheriff’s investigator, and a state Trooper all arrived on the scene shortly afterwards to investigate the incident.
At about 1:15 p.m., students emerged from the building, class by class, into the wintry weather and walked about 100 yards down Horicon Avenue where they were told to take shelter — in the school district bus garage.
The procession of students lasted at least 20 minutes. Some of the high school students were crying and holding hands, but most were calm.
Duell said the police searched the building room by room after the students were evacuated, and found nothing unusual.
School staff members said this was the first full evacuation in years.
At 1:51 p.m., students returned to the school building and activities resumed as normal.
Duell said no perpetrator had yet been identified, and the investigation is continuing.