Archive for Thursday, November 13, 2003

High school bomb scare declared a hoax

Students questioned in connection with making bomb threat

November 13, 2003

A fabrication, a hoax.

That's what pulled police officers and firefighters away from their normally assigned posts and to Basehor-Linwood High School Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, administrators at the high school were given a note stating that some form of an explosion would occur inside the building that day, at 1:31 p.m.

After several hours, police officers and school officials discredited the threat.

Three female students from the high school were questioned and detained by police in connection with the prank.

As a precautionary measure, a search of the high school was conducted with the K-9 unit from the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

No suspicious materials were found in the search and there were no reported injuries as result of the bomb threat.

School officials said a student handed the note in question to a high school teacher with instructions that it be forwarded to the administration.

When the administrators became aware of the threat, high school students and staff were evacuated to the football field and entrances to the high school were blocked off. Police officers and firefighters were called to the scene.

"The note was suspicious enough in nature to warrant evacuation of the building," school district superintendent Jill Hackett said.

School district officials said they would recommend anyone involved with the fictitious bomb threat be prosecuted to the fullest extent and a review of their standing in the school district would occur.

The scene Tuesday afternoon was reminiscent of a similar threat made at the high school two years ago, on April 20, the anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

In that incident, a student wrote a message on a bathroom stall stating that violence would take place at the school that day. He was later charged in Leavenworth County District Court with making a criminal threat, a felony.

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