Classes were canceled today (Sept. 7) at the three schools on the Fox schools campus in Arnold after police notified the district that a bomb threat was made against Fox High School, said Sam Rayburn, communications coordinator for the Fox C-6 School District.
No explosives were found at the school, although law enforcement could not completely rule out the possibility that the threat was credible, Rayburn said.
Jefferson County 911 Dispatch got the original call about the threat at the school, Superintendent Jim Wipke reported today on the district website.
Then after Arnold Police informed district officials about the threat, students were immediately evacuated from the high school, Rayburn said.
“We then moved high school students to another building on campus while police did their search and walked through with canines to search the building,” he said.
School officials were notified about the threat at around 7 a.m., before most students arrived on campus. At the time, most students were still on buses on their way to school and were taken to the Fox C-6 Service Center just south of the campus in Arnold, Rayburn said.
He said authorities recommended closing the whole campus, so school officials locked down all three buildings – Fox High, Fox Middle and Fox Elementary schools – and canceled classes.
“When something serious like this is going on, we always defer to authorities,” Rayburn said.
The district’s other 15 schools remained in session, he said.
One of the reasons the classes were cancelled was because it could take a long time to search the building and students would have to wait somewhere else while the search was underway, Rayburn said.
Ultimately, though, the closure was “on the advice of law enforcement, probably for a number of reasons,” he said.
Once the search was completed and police gave the all clear, administrators were back working on the campus by late morning, Rayburn said.
He said it’s often difficult for the district to get to the bottom of a situation before social media spreads information that may or may not be true.
People become concerned, “and that’s understandable,” he said.
Wipke said threats like the one today are treated seriously, and local police, the FBI and ATF investigate “to work toward an arrest.”
Wipke said school staff and students handled the situation well.
“I am incredibly grateful to our staff who worked hard to abide by district policy and enact safety precautions to ensure the safety of everyone on campus this morning,” he said. “I am equally as proud of our students that followed our directions and worked so well with the staff. Lastly, I wish to extend my gratitude to the Arnold Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for their timely response and coordination this morning."