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More bomb threats at school

^ Superintendent Bill Lewis ^ Superintendent Bill Lewis

 

 

January 8, 2003

Leesburg-- This bomb threat it was at the Lee County Elementary School. There was no bomb, but Police say they know a student made the threat. And they have some clues they hope will lead them to that student.

The Lee County Elementary School on Firetower Road was blocked off by police after the bomb threat note was found in a girl's restroom.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Lewis said "The note basically said this time I mean it, bomb will go off at ten o'clock."

Superintendent Lewis says they know a student left the note. "We do have some leads and we will follow those out. Hopefully this will not take long."

The 642 students at Lee County Elementary were quickly evacuated, and bussed to the Old Gym on Starksville Avenue. The bomb team from the Marine Base swept the building, finding no explosives.

The students ate lunch and played games until the school was declared safe. About noon they returned for afternoon classes. Dr. Lewis said, "And I do want to say the kids did a great job."

Since their return from Christmas holidays, Lee County Elementary had relaxed some of their security measures. But now those restrictions will return. "They will go to the bathroom in groups," said Dr. Lewis. "These tend to happen in bathrooms. The bathrooms will stay locked. They'll unlock and the teachers will check before and after so that we can keep a tight rein on what's going on."

This is the fourth bomb threat at a Lee County School this school year, and Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore said they are treating each very seriously. "We've had several of them. We've got to treat it like it was the real thing, because we don't want to take a chance and not investigate and something happen. We want the parents to know we are working with the Board of Education. The kids safety is our top priority."

Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore has set up a tip line for anyone wanting to report information on this bomb threat. The phone number is 759-2949.

posted at 4:15PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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