WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI) - A threat made in a southern Indiana school prompted an evacuation on Monday. One day later, we looked into the investigation and how the Washington, Indiana School Corporation reacted to a serious situation
The buses are running again at Washington Junior senior high school only one day after the halls were emptied.
"A student came forward in the early afternoon with a supposedly anonymous letter that contained a threat that mentioned a bomb and possible other situation," Superintendent of the Washington Community Schools Dr. Daniel Roach said.
Immediately Dr. Roach contacted the Washington police department and after an evening long investigation police had their student.
"At the school the detectives were there, they took it over and through their investigation they pretty well narrowed it down to one person and they caught the person,” Washington Police Chief Mike Healy said. “About 8 o’clock last night we figured out who the person was.”
The arrest ended a successful investigation.
But the other part of this story is how even in the face of a potential hoax, the officials inside the school’s halls took the threat seriously.
"We discussed whether this was credible or not and of course chose eventually to air on the side of caution and that is why we evacuated and followed the safety plan,” Dr. Roach said.
Students were sent to two locations a block away from the school immediately before the bomb threat teams had even arrived on the scene.
Dr. Roach said getting students away from the potential threat is paramount. His administration considers their safety plan a success, but always a work in progress.
"In our case it did work. It certainly doesn't mean that we are ever finished and in a case as of yesterday we will be looking at what might we do differently based on the circumstances,” Dr. Roach said.
Police will not release the name of the student because the student is a minor.
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