The FBI believes an email sent Oct. 1 to Fox High School claiming a bomb had been placed in the building came from Canada, Arnold Police Capt. Rich Shular said.
Fox C-6 School District officials closed the three schools on the Fox campus on Jeffco Boulevard in Arnold – Fox High, Fox Middle School, Fox Elementary School – as well as the Building Blocks Preschool, on Oct. 1 after the email was sent early that morning.
Shular said officers and trained bomb-detecting dogs from the city’s department, as well from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Louis and St. Louis County police departments, searched the buildings on Jeffco Boulevard for about two hours and no bomb was located.
“Unless there is anything further that develops, the FBI has pretty much put it down, because they determined where it came from and it wasn’t credible,” Shular said. “It came from Canada, somewhere, but they didn’t pin it down more than that.”
The threatening email was sent to the high school’s account between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Oct. 1, said JP Prezzavento, Fox’s communications and instructional technology coordinator.
Prezzavento said the district allowed after-school activities to take place that day, and students returned to the campus for in-person instruction on Oct. 2.
About 80 percent of Fox School District students have been attending classes in a hybrid model, with about half of those students attending classes on Thursdays and Fridays and the other have attending on Mondays and Tuesdays, because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
Prezzavento said about 1,500 students receive in-person instruction in the four buildings on Fox’s Arnold campus on Thursdays and Fridays.