Students return to Brockport HS after bomb threat

January 10, 2017 06:20 PM

Brockport students were allowed to return to class Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat at the high school on Tuesday.

The threat turned out to be unfounded, but deputies were forced to search the school after a note written on a basement girl's bathroom wall was found. A teacher spotted it and notified officials who called law enforcement.

Deputies searched the school with dogs and students were evacuated to the middle school.

We're told security video showed three students in the area where the bomb threat was written around the time it was discovered. Those students are being questioned, deputies say.

Whoever did this, touched off a major disruption for more than 1,000 students and teachers.

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"It was definitely interesting and very chaotic," says Matt Sealy, student.

Sealy says he wasn't scared when he ended up as one of the students driven out of Brockport High School by the threat that a bomb would go off within the hour. Anxious calls went out to parents.

"We didn't know what was going on for, like, the first 30 minutes and then we were informed that we would start evacuating," says Sealy.

"It was kind of shocking, around here nothing like that ever really happens," says Dan Smith, who was picking up his daughter. "I guess just pick them up go home and try to go out with our lives."

Monroe County investigators say the message was discovered about 11:30 a.m. scrawled on the wall of a girl's bathroom. They bused students to the middle school, a hazardous challenge all its own on an icy sleety day.

"If it was an actual device, with an explosion, that would cause damage and possibly injuries," says Sergeant Robert Murphy of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. "On top of that, we have an evacuation of the school, which could cause problems, injuries, freezing rain, etc. So that's always a danger as well."

Deputies brought in dogs to sniff for explosives, but found no threat. They report they "did" find surveillance video of three girls, one of them 16, going into the bathroom shortly before the message was found. They have already been identified, and questioned by school officials and investigators.

"So, we are in the process of interviewing them, some are juveniles," says Sergeant Murphy. "I can mention any names at all and that's part of investigation at the moment."

Charles Molineaux: "Checking their handwriting?"

Sergeant Murphy: "That is a possibility as well. We do have samples of handwriting."

As the "Whodunit" is investigated, the sheriff's office describes the evacuation itself as "smooth."

"It happens, especially in the world we live in today," says Sergeant Murphy. "It's a sad truth. I think our school handled it really well and I hope it doesn't happen again."


Charles Molineaux

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