BCMS evacuated due to bomb threat
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, a possible bomb threat was discovered at Butler County Middle School. Law enforcement officials were immediately notified and all students were evacuated to the Morgantown Elementary gymnasium. Butler County Sheriff's Deputies and officers with the Morgantown Police Department have been searching the building. The threat was apparently written on a bathroom wall. Parents were notified by the school's one-call system. Middle school students were released on bus runs, walkers, and by parent pick-ups from M.E.S.
BCMS Principal Robert Tuck said that after an extensive search of the premises, the building was deemed clear at approximately 2:35 p.m.
"We've been involved in a safe-school audit at BCMS and have been trained on how to respond to unfortunate situations like these," said Tuck. "All procedures and protocals were followed and our staff did an excellent job of ensuring a safe and efficient evacuation of our building."
Butler County School's Superintendent Scott Howard echoed many of Tuck'e comments.
"We take all incidents like this very seriously because the safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance," said Howard. "I am very proud of all of our staff for the job they did today. I would also like to thank the parents for the smooth procedures used in picking up their children."
Howard said the school district is cooperating with law enforcement as this case moves forward.
"We are working with law enforcement and will pursue charges against any student making a threat against the school," said Howard, who also had high praise for the response of local law enforcement officers.
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