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NEW DETAILS: Starmont Schools evacuated

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ARLINGTON (KWWL) --  Students in the Starmont School district were evacuated Tuesday morning after a bomb threat found in a girl's bathroom caused the evacuation of the school.

Superintendent Matt O'Laughlin says a student found a letter containing the threat in a girl's bathroom at around 8:30 am Tuesday morning.  The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says the note stated the bomb was put in the high school library and would detonate at 12:00 pm.  They decided to evacuate the school at 11:00 am.

Students were taken to churches in Strawberry Point, where parents were allowed to pick up their kids if they wanted to.  

The school district say they were given the all clear by the sheriff's office at around 1:20 pm after a thorough search of the building.

Students finished out the school day as scheduled.

O'Laughlin says the student responsible for the threat will be disciplined by both the school district and sheriff's office when they are found.

Here's the letter that was sent to parents by Superintendent O'Laughlin:

November 23, 2010

Dear Families,

A bomb threat was delivered to Starmont Schools this morning. Following the course of action described in our Crisis Plan, the police were called and an investigation ensued. It was determined that the safest course of action was to evacuate our buildings. Students were loaded onto buses and driven to our evacuation centers at the Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist Churches in Strawberry Point. The media was contacted to get the message out to parents/guardians that they could pick up their children if they so desired. The building was searched by law enforcement. No bomb was discovered. Students were transported back to Starmont, completed their classes for the day, and went home on their regular bus routes.

I am very proud of the way our students and staff handled themselves during this potential emergency situation. I appreciate all of the help we received from the Fayette and Clayton County Police, Strawberry Point Police, Strawberry Point Ambulance and Strawberry Point Fire Department. Our goal was to keep our students safe.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Mr. Matt O'Loughlin
Superintendent

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