Bomb threat evacuates school

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 9, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, an anonymous bomb threat forced King’s Fork Middle School and its adjacent recreation center to be evacuated.

&uot;We didn’t know anything was wrong at first,&uot; said principal Talmadge Darden, who along with roughly 10 other faculty members was still at work.

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&uot;The police officers came in and told us we had to leave.&uot;

Several fire trucks and police officers headed to the scene, and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the premises.

&uot;We treated it like a true emergency, like we do with every threat,&uot; said Battalion Chief Church Knight.

&uot;It’s fortunate that it was after school hours, so we didn’t have to worry about the children.&uot;

At about 5:15 p.m., the faculty was allowed back inside.

&uot;We just got up and went out,&uot; said assistant principal Shirley Saunders. &uot;We were wondering what was going to happen.

&uot;It’s a whole lot easier than if the kids were here, so we didn’t have to worry about their safety.&uot;