Spotswood High School Evacuated

Posted: January 5, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office evacuated Spotswood High School for two hours Friday for what amounted to another unsubstantiated threat in a local school system.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said a bomb threat was found written in pencil in a bathroom stall around 10 a.m. Students were evacuated and returned to the building around noon after a search for explosives yielded nothing.
Friday was the second day of school since students were off for a holiday break. On Dec. 14, a similar bomb threat was found at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway.
The school was evacuated, and a search turned up nothing suspicious.
Hutcheson said the sheriff’s office will place “any and all” charges on those involved in the threats.
Harrisonburg High School also was evacuated after a bullet was found inside a restroom Dec. 20.
Two days later, the county investigated and found nothing to substantiate rumors that circulated on social media about someone planning to bring a gun to school.
All the events have occurred since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.
As a result of the heightened awareness, the Rockingham County School Board and Board of Supervisors are studying the creation of a position to oversee school security.
Harrisonburg City Schools also announced plans to address school safety, including conducting an architectural study of school entrances, in the coming months. The division has scheduled a Feb. 13 community summit with the Harrisonburg Police Department on school safety and community violence.
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