Bomb threat cleared at Valdosta elementary school

Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 6, 2019

Authorities say that W. G. Nunn Elementary School received a bomb threat just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Students and staff at WG Nunn Elementary School were evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat was called in to the school.

Valdosta City Schools officials said a bomb threat was called in around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. All students, faculty and staff were immediately evacuated.

The Valdosta Police Department was on scene as responders did a sweep of the building. School district officials said during the sweep, responders found an electrical cabinet that looked like it had been tampered with. That prompted VPD officials to call in Moody Air Force Base, which also did a full sweep of the building.

Nothing was found by either departments during the search.

Crowds of parents formed outside the school during the evacuation. Several parents said they were standing outside for hours, waiting for clearance to take their kids home.

"It's outrageous, I'm our here, I just want to get my kids and take them home. I'm a concerned parent," said Frank Jones. "In thirty years in my life I never had to go through this."

School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Cason said both the districts, and police departments safety protocol does not allow people to come and go from campus until they know it's safe.

"It's for their safety as well as our safety. Because if there were something that we felt was dangerous, allowing more people on campus prohibits you from actually following through with what needs to be done to ensure the safety of all," Cason said.

District officials said it has been several years since a threat like this has been made against a school, and while they never hope for a situation like this to occur, it allows the district and responders to make sure they are prepared.

"This allows us to ensure our practices are above par," Cason said. "So we will debrief, and have some discussion about the pros and cons."

Many parents expressed concerns over hearing about the threat over social media.

District officials said they chose not to alert parents using the all-call system immediately, in order to avoid unwarranted anxiety and fear for parents. Officials said social media messaging allows frequent updates for those who need it.

The district said they were able to find the number through caller ID, but police were not able to trace it. Officials said if they find who is responsible for any threat to the school, they will prosecute to the fullest extent.

By WCTV Eyewitness News
November 6, 2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- School administrators say W.G. Nunn Elementary has been given the all clear from local emergency responders and Moody Air Force Base.

Everyone is safe, headed back to class and/or lunch and ready to finish out the school day, according to the district.

That follows a bomb threat just before 8 Wednesday morning.

Nothing was found during a sweep of campus, the district says.

Parents who want to check out their children should report to the main office of the school and follow normal check-out procedures, according to administrators

"We appreciate everyone's patience as we cooperated with local officials working through this response," the district said in a statement.

Students were evacuated outside and roads were blocked off all morning after the bomb threat.

Valdosta City Schools say they take all threats very seriously and the safety of their students, faculty and staff are "always the first priority."

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