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Norwood-Norfolk Central School receives two bomb threats

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NORFOLK - Two bomb threats were made within the past week at Norwood-Norfolk Central, according to Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie, with the second resulting in a lockdown of the middle and high school on Wednesday.

Mrs. Kirnie said bomb threats were discovered written on the walls Friday evening and Wednesday morning. In both cases, nothing was found after a thorough search of the building.

“In both cases, the routines of the school were only very minimally interrupted,” she said Thursday morning.

The first bomb threat was discovered by an administrator Friday evening, making a threat about Saturday night’s prom at the school, she said.

“One was a threat against the prom. That was handled very quickly and efficiently with the help of our high school and middle school principal and state troopers. Everything was declared safe well before the prom,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

“The threat was noticed Friday evening. Troopers were immediately called in on Friday evening and an inspection ensued. There was a more thorough inspection Saturday afternoon. That was dealt with very thoroughly,” she said.

A second bomb threat was found by a student written on a wall at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, resulting in the lockdown of high school and middle school classes. Middle and high school teachers were asked to lock their doors until further notice, but continued with instruction.

“Troopers again responded quickly and did a thorough search. In yesterday’s case we did not go into a full lockdown. For the most part routines went on as usual, although we did request that students remain in their classrooms while state troopers did a thorough inspection of the school,” Mrs. Kirnie said.

“Thanks to the prompt and thorough cooperation of teachers, staff and students, the building was deemed safe in a very short time,” she said.

In both cases, Mrs. Kirnie said, students were aware of the threats.

“News travels very fast. Students in chatrooms were aware on Saturday night. But we knew it was safe enough for the event to take place without any risk,” she said.

During Wednesday’s bomb threat, she said, “As soon as we called a lockdown, even though it was just a stay in place and continue with instruction, students know that something is going on. There was a heavy trooper presence in the school.”

Although the threats remain under investigation, Mrs. Kirnie said this is a time of year when they typically occur in schools.

“I don’t want to minimize any threat or any risk. As witnessed by Canton, for example, this is the time of year I think when students are more prone to pranks like that. You do have to consider in both cases it was a student prank with credibility. We will take every threat seriously,” she said.

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