Bomb threats force evacuation of 2 Atlantic County schools

Posted: February 06, 2014




Two elementary schools were evacuated Tuesday afternoon in Atlantic County after police received three bomb threats.

Each threat came by telephone, the first around 10:30 a.m., when someone talked about blowing up Unami Boulevard, where George L. Hess Elementary School and the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse are located.

That threat mentioned the Hess school in passing, but not a specific target other than the boulevard, said Hamilton Township Police Capt. Mike Petuskey.

A second bomb threat, which targeted the courthouse, came in around noon, Petuskey said. The courthouse was reportedly evacuated. A third bomb threat came in around 1 p.m. and targeted Joseph C. Shaner Memorial Elementary School, Petuskey said.

More than 600 students in total were evacuated from both schools, with Hess students going to William Davies Middle School. Students at Shaner were sent to St. Vincent de Paul Regional School. The students were then sent home.

Petuskey said police searched Hess and Shaner, but did not find anything. It was too early to know, Petuskey said, whether the threats were a hoax or more serious.

"I don't even want to speculate," he said.


mboren@phillynews.com

856-779-3829 @borenmc

|
|
|
|
|