Bomb threat written at school 3.5

Written by David Green.

When a student called in a bomb threat to Morenci Area High School last May, police had a tell-tale clue: a phone call to trace.

A threat made last Friday probably won’t be as easy to track down.

When a student visited a boys rest room before 11:30 a.m. Friday, he saw a message written on a stall wall stating there was a bomb in the building.

Due to the size and presentation of the marker-drawn message, school administrators surmised the threat was written that day and called the police. In addition, a student who was in the rest room earlier in the day reported the absence of the threat.

Middle school students were evacuated to the United Methodist Church and high school students traveled to the Church of the Nazarene to continue classes.

After police officers visually inspected the school, students returned before the end of the school day.

The evacuation period lasted about two and a half hours, said Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, because of the inability to obtain a bomb-sniffing dog.

“We looked in all the nooks and crannies and opened all the lockers,” he said. “When we thought it was safe, we brought the kids back.”

Parents who have registered with the school’s new Honeywell alert system received a phone call or e-mail about the evacuation.

Weeks said that fewer parents went to the churches this time to pick up their children, and he took that as a sign that more parents are placing trust in the school’s emergency plan.

As he stated last May, parents are asked not to come to the churches because the process is smoother without the added traffic.

“If we want them to be picked up, that will be part of the message,” he said.

• Lenawee Crime Stopper will pay a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person writing the bomb threat. The caller’s identity will be protected. Calls can also be made anonymously.

Call 517/266-6161 or 877/276-8477 or send e-mail to: [email protected]

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