SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A bomb threat was reported at Shawnee High School Thursday morning.
Shawnee Superintendent Mike Lamb said another district noticed a Facebook post saying a bomb would go off at Shawnee at 10:15 a.m. Law enforcement officials were immediately called.
Lamb declined to say what district reported the news to him and would not go into details about the post.
The school was put on lockdown around 8 a.m., and that lasted two hours. Students were released at about 10 a.m. During lockdown, students were kept in a secure location on the premises after it was cleared by officials along with bomb-sniffing dogs. The school made the decision not to immediately evacuate students.
“First of all, we know we have a safe and secure location within the building, so when we get (students) there, the important aspect becomes making sure we don’t release them into insecure parts of the building or send them home to empty houses,” Lamb said.
Once students were secured, notifications via text and voicemail were sent out to parents around 8:30 a.m. Lamb said the district sent out four or five notifications, the final one telling parents the lockdown was lifted and the school day would resume as originally planned. However, if students wanted to leave for the remainder of the school day, they were allowed to.
Lamb said official’s investigation is ongoing as they work to determine the source behind the threat.
“We take the safety of our students very, very seriously, and we also take these kinds of threats very very seriously,” Lamb said. “When we catch the idiot who did this, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. … For someone to be so stupid … whomever is responsible for this, I will personally guarantee they are prosecuted to the fullest extent. It’s nonsense to cause this type of disruption in a school building.”