Casey school cleared after bomb threat

November 16, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - A bomb threat Monday afternoon at a small Casey County elementary school apparently was a hoax.

A female, believed to be a juvenile, called 911 at 3:30 p.m. and said she was going to use a bomb to blow up Douglas Elementary School where 188 students are enrolled. The call went to the Kentucky State Police post in Columbia, which dispatched county and local officials to the school.

After a thorough search by police and school officials, nothing was found, according to Principal Judy Phillips.

"We think it was a hoax," said Phillips. She said several calls have been made to places in different towns from a cellular telephone, which has been disconnected. The only call that can be made from this particular phone is the emergency communications systems through the 911 number. When calls are made, they come from the same tower and are relayed to the Columbia state police post.


"We feel perfectly safe to be here today," said Phillips shortly after school began this morning. "We trust the police who came and did the search and patrolled the buildings and grounds throughout the night. We've checked the school again this morning."

Immediately after the call came in, Phillips evacuated the buildings where students were practicing various extracurricular activities.

She said although things are safe, some parents did not send their children to school today, and others who heard about the bomb threat this morning came and got their children.

"I can understand that," she said.

Casey County Sheriff's Department, Liberty Police Department and state police along with school officials checked out the building before allowing the students to enter this morning.

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