Search clears Simsbury High School after bomb threat

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SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Simsbury High School’s administration was alerted to a bomb threat shortly before dismissal Wednesday.

Simsbury Public Schools say the threat was written in a bathroom. They say school was dismissed regularly, and a canine search did not turn up any explosives.

After-school activities were initially postponed, but were allowed to proceed as planned after the search.

EMAILS FROM SIMSBURY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Very shortly before the 2:10 p.m. dismissal today, our administrative team was notified about a bomb threat that was written in a bathroom. We immediately contacted the superintendent’s office and the Simsbury Police Department. In collaboration with the SPD, we decided to proceed with regular dismissal of the school day and also, as a precaution, to postpone after-school activities. All students and staff were asked to leave the campus on a normal bus run or through their own transportation. We will continue to communicate electronically as we make further decisions about our ability to run afternoon and evening activities in the building.

Needless to say, these kinds of threats are incredibly disruptive to our educational environment. The need to evacuate everyone and to postpone our afterschool activities causes unnecessary anxiety and inconvenience. We will work with the Simsbury police as we investigate this matter in the days ahead. I hope you know that we will deal with the situation with the utmost seriousness.

As soon as we can share additional information about the event or about after school activities, we will communicate through this list serve.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Neil Sullivan
Principal


Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am pleased to report that we have been given the go ahead to occupy Simsbury High School once again. Therefore, after school and evening activities can proceed as planned from this point forward. We were very fortunate that a canine search unit from the Hartford Bomb Squad was able to conduct a thorough sweep of the building on short notice, and they have advised us to proceed with normal activities.

Our investigation into the matter has already begun. Please talk with your son or daughter about the seriousness of today’s incident. If your child has any information that you think would be helpful to this investigation, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Neil J. Sullivan
Principal

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