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Police, Bomb Squad Respond to Fox Lane MS; Students Evacuate

Students returned after authorities deemed the building clear.

A report of a handwritten note—which included the word "bomb"—on a bathroom wall at Fox Lane Middle School led to an evacuation and a heavy police presence there Tuesday afternoon, the district confirmed.

"As a precautionary measure, all middle school students were evacuated to the high school and their parents were notified immediately," Carole LaColla, district clerk, said in a statement issued at about 3:25 p.m. "Bedford Police and the [Westchester] County bomb squad personnel arrived to 'sweep' the building. When school officials received an 'all-clear' from the Bedford Police, the middle school students returned to their school and prepared for their regular dismissal."

The commotion caused school buses at the Fox Lane campus to run about 15 minutes behind schedule, which delayed the vehicles from arriving on time for dismissal at the elementary schools. The district said parents were contacted through the all-call notification system.

"We thank parents for their patience during this incident and these delays," the statement reads. "We also thank our middle school students and staff for a very orderly response to this incident."

While bomb threats at the middle school are not new - Tuesday's incident was the second of its kind in less than two years - the most recent one is the first since the mass shooting at a Newtown, CT elementary school that left scores of students and teachers dead.

Tom Auchterlonie contributed to this article.

mark February 07, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Flora, how would making up lost time be a punishment?
Theresa Flora February 07, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Mark, the vast, vast majority of kids don't write the word bomb on bathroom walls. I don't care about lost time. I've put 3 kids through the district and have one still in. There's so much academic time wasted during the normal course of the school year it's not funny. But that's a subject for another day. My concern is the cost of emergency services and tying up those services for bs false alarms. That's serious stuff, and parents need to make sure their kids understand that. Make it policy that parents will be financially responsible for the cost. Force people to parent their kids.
Fred Herring February 10, 2013 at 06:14 AM
This is histrionic, emotional Bull Spit. Oh my God, my children! When I was in middle school we had bomb threats- it didn't make the bloody news! Go peddle your fears in a non-public forum (IE your friends)... please! Stop screwing people up.
Andromachos February 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Flora - Since when is attending school "punishment"
Singyurheartxout March 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM
I really hope Fox Lane learned how to deal with whichever student did this in a decent way. Because just suspending a kid for the rest of the year won't do much at all or arresting them. Honestly, if a person does a bomb threat, they obviously have some bigger issues going on in their life and they need help. Even if they don't show it or ask for it they obviously need it if they thought "writing/making a bomb threat" was the thing to do. There's a reason for everything and sometimes it's deeper than you think.

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