Dallas Middle School students return to class after bomb threat evacuation

By Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com and Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com | May 25th, 2016 11:07 am

By Travis Kellar

tkellar@timesleader.com and Eileen Godin



DALLAS — Dallas Middle School students have returned to class following an evacuation stemming from a bomb threat discovered this morning.

A call from the Dallas School District’s notification system at 12:55 p.m. contained a prerecorded messaged from Superintendent Thomas Duffy stating all middle school students were returned to their school to finish the day.

“The Pennsylvania State Police cleared the building (the middle school),” Duffy said. “Students returned to the building about 12:30 p.m.”

A bomb threat was found written on a wall in one of the school’s bathrooms around 8:10 a.m., prompting officials to evacuate the building, Duffy said. About 670 middle school students were escorted by teachers and staff about 250 yards to the Dallas High School Auditorium.

Dallas Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and Dallas Township Emergency Management Services were notified, Duffy said.

A police investigation is ongoing to determine the person or persons involved in the creation of the threat, he said. The District’s school buildings are equipped with surveillance cameras that will be used in the police investigation, Duffy said.

Anyone involved in the threat may face criminal charges as well as disciplinary actions from the District, he said.

This was the second time this week the district evacuated school buildings due to a bomb threat.

Monday, computer-generated calls to Dallas Elementary and the district’s administrative offices spurred an early dismissal of the entire campus, consisting of 2,800 students.

Elementary and high school students are continued on their regular school schedules, he said.

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