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Watertown High School bomb threat a false alarm

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Investigation into a bomb threat Monday at Watertown High School yielded no evidence the threat was accurate. Students were evacuated at 12:05 p.m. and returned to class at 1:15 p.m.

“These bomb threats are taken very seriously to ensure the safety of our students,” Watertown City School Superintendent Terry N. Fralick said. “All steps were taken to ensure the safety of our students.”

Mr. Fralick said he couldn’t release how or where the threat was delivered.

“This is still an active investigation and we can’t release too many details about it. Our biggest concern is keeping this from getting out there and inspiring a copycat,” Mr. Fralick said. “After going through the school, no evidence was found that a bomb was ever there.”

Now that the safety of the students and staff has been assured, Mr. Fralick said, authorities will conduct an investigation using both anecdotal evidence and camera data to identify the person or persons responsible for the threat.

The threat was discovered at 11:45 a.m. The school was locked down and students were evacuated to Case Middle School auditorium. While students were at Case, the school was searched by the district’s school resource officer, state police with the assistance of C.J., a trained bomb threat dog, and specially assigned WHS staff members.

Mr. Fralick said it has been more than two years since the district received a bomb threat.

“It took about 10 to 15 minutes to evacuate 1,100 students and about 125 staff members,” he said. “I couldn’t be prouder of how everyone worked today. We have a large number of people to thank.” Mr. Fralick thanked the city fire department, police department and WHS students and staff.

During the evacuation, some students were released to a parent or guardian while others returned to finish their school day with shortened classes.

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