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Emergency officials respond to bomb threat at Moore County High School

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

Moore County High School assistant principal Tanya Vann (middle) talks with investigator Mike Rainey (right), while Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan (left) directs emergency personnel in front of Moore County High School on Tuesday. A bomb threat had the school on full lockdown. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

The Moore County Sheriff’s Department and emergency personnel were called to Moore County High School at approximately 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in response to an apparent bomb threat.

According to Moore County assistant principal Tanya Vann, a student found a threatening note in one of the restrooms at the high school. Chad Moorehead, Moore County’s Director of Schools, said the note was found in a boys restroom in the middle school section of the building.

Students were evacuated to the football stadium and emergency officials began a sweep of the school.

“(Principal Buddy) Smith handled this very appropriately,” said Moorehead. “Once he was aware of the note being found, he contacted the Sheriff’s office and then they contacted the fire department. He then called me. I then came up there to see if there was anything I could do.”

The school was on full lockdown while the investigation proceeded. After the search turned up no explosive device, students were allowed back in the school at approximately 10:20 a.m.

“We do a sweep of the school and see if we can find anything,” said Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan, adding that the note detailed that an explosive device would detonate between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. “That’s about all that we can do immediately.”

Moorehead said that this is the first threat of this kind since he took over as Director of Schools in 2006. But considering the enhanced emphasis on school security, officials had to take it seriously. Such a threat could be considered a domestic terrorist threat.

“Once the Sheriff’s Department is called to the scene … except for our student body … they are in control,” said Moorehead. He added that the investigation is ongoing.

“We have surveillance cameras in the building and we have footage of the people who came in and out of that restroom just prior to when the note was found,” he said.