Branford High School dismisses students early due to bomb threat

Branford High School parents line up to pick up their kids after a bomb threat Thursday morning. (WTNH / John Pierson)

EAST HAVEN and BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Branford High School students were dismissed after bomb threats evacuated both Branford and East Haven High Schools on Thursday morning.

Branford Police say that just before 9 a.m., the Superintendent’s office reported that a message was left on a Branford High School office phone that an explosive device may be placed within the school building.  The high school, at 185 East Main Street, was then evacuated .

Students and staff were relocated by bus to Walsh Intermediate School for pick-up and so police could convey additional information to parents of the students.

Police say as a precaution, Branford High School closed early. However, after the building was searched by Branford officers and the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad, they found the school safe to reopen.

“Branford Police, utilizing the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad have searched the Branford High School and it is safe to reopen. There was an extremely well run coordinated effort with the School Superintendents office to ensure the safe evacuation of all
students and staff,” said Chief Kevin Halloran in a press release.

Superintendent of Schools, Hamlet Hernandez added, “it was a very carefully coordinated response to an unforeseen event. We were able to work closely with our Emergency Response partners to swiftly and safely mitigate this incident.”

Police say they are now investigating who made that call.

Police say East Haven High School, at 35 Wheelbarrow Lane, was also evacuated due to a bomb threat that was left on a voicemail.

Officials say no explosive materials were found at the school.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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