Hot Springs students evacuate following bomb threat - KOTA Territory News

Hot Springs students evacuate following bomb threat

Posted: Updated: Nov 20, 2012 04:22 PM

It's a community's worst nightmare.
 
A Hot Springs school receives a bomb threat Tuesday morning, and almost immediately at least nine area law enforcement agencies responded to the threat.

It wasn't long into the school day when Tamara Cazer and her sister Kyme knew something was wrong.
 
"We got an announcement over the intercom that said we were to leave the school," said Kyme Cazer, a senior at Hot Springs High School.
 
"The threat came in sometime mid-morning and we immediately notified state management and other responding agencies to help evacuate the kids safely," said Frank Maynard, Emergency manager for Fall River county.
 
While no details are being released on the nature of the threat, students say it mentioned 10:45 am detonation time. That time came and went with no surprises.
 
Principals and students say the threat was written on a bathroom stall wall, and there may be surveillance video to identify who wrote it.
 
"We were told to get out fast," said Kyme Cazer.
 
"You wouldn't think in a small town, you'd get a bomb threat," said Tamara Cazer.
 
That bomb threat forced the evacuation of 300 high school students and at least 700 students and staff from surrounding schools.
 
"People were telling us to call your parents, leave immediately, don't get your stuff," said Tamara.
 
The threat level finally receded after special bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in from Ellsworth Air Force Base. They searched the school building by building and found nothing.
 
"[We] just hope that it wasn't [a bomb], and it was a cruel joke that someone gets put in juvenile detention for, if they're a kid," said Tamara.
 
"We're grateful it turned out everyone followed procedure, we practice this every year to make sure we can handle this if a real situation comes up like it did today," said Maynard.

The Ellsworth unit completed their investigation around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. The school district has no school for the rest of the week, and many officers on scene speculated that might have been a reason for the bomb threat.

Original story:

Three hundred Hot Springs High School students were evacuated Tuesday morning following an investigation into a bomb threat.

The principals and Fall River County emergency management director say the threat was hand written, possibly on a bathroom wall. Bomb sniffing dogs from Ellsworth Air Force Base were on scene by noon.

Students say the bomb threat specified a 10:45 a.m. detonation time but there was no explosion.

A command center is set up in the Fall River Courthouse.

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