Bomb threat at BHS proves to be a hoax

Published 6:00 am Thursday, December 9, 2004

Brookhaven High School was evacuated for a little over an hourWednesday morning as police searched buildings following a reportedbomb threat.

No bomb was found, and students resumed classes shortly after10:30 a.m., school district and police officials said.

The threat was received by phone around 9:17 a.m.

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“We searched the entire school structure,” Police Chief PapHenderson said.

Students are taking state subject area tests this week.Henderson acknowledged a possible connection between the threat andsomeone not wanting to take the exam.

“I feel very strongly it had a lot to do with it,” the chiefsaid.

Henderson said no location for the alleged bomb was given andthe caller ended the call with a laugh. Even though the call waspossibly a prank, the chief said school and police followed safetyprocedures.

“We treated it as seriously as possible,” Henderson said. “Noone hesitated in doing their jobs.”

Henderson said police were continuing to investigate. He saidthe department is seeking telephone records in an effort toidentify the caller.

In an effort to maintain a calm and orderly evacuation,Brookhaven School Superintendent Lea Barrett said BHS officialsused fire drill procedures to move students to the football standsand other safe locations.

Following the evacuation, any concerned parent who called theschool or the police department was informed the school hadreceived a bomb threat, Barrett said. She added that PrincipalSusan Chapman would acknowledge the bomb threat call to studentsthis morning.

“We think our kids need to know the truth,” Barrett said.

Regarding the subject area testing, Barrett said state educationofficials were informed of the bomb threat and what measures schoolofficials took to secure the tests.

“They were fine with us,” Barrett said of state reaction. “Theytold us to go ahead and complete the tests.”