The phone calls disrupted the morning at Pineville High, ASH, Brame Junior High and Bolton. Alexandria police say the phone call to Alexandria Senior High came in just before 10:40 this morning. About the same time, calls with similar threats went to the other three schools.
The police and schools followed standard protocol and evacuated students. At least two schools allowed parents to pick up their children.
Law enforcement officials note almost every time this happens, the people making the threats are caught and the penalties can be severe.
At one school, police and ambulance EMT’s passed out water to parents waiting to pick up their children.
An open house slated tonight for Bolton High is cancelled and will be rescheduled.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/9/14
The full media release from APD can be read below:
At approximately 10:40 AM, this morning, September 9, 2014, APD Officers were dispatched to Alexandria Sr. High School located at 800 Ola in reference to a bomb threat. The Department’s Critical Incident Action Plan was activated with officers assisting in the orderly evacuation of students.
During this incident, similar threats were called into Scott M. Brame Jr. High and Bolton High School. Responding Officers worked with school officials to evacuate those students, as well and secured the area. All facilities were searched and cleared with the aid of bomb detection k-9 teams. At this time, no suspicious devices have been located. APD received immediate assistance from RPSO and the Louisiana State Police during the incident who providing manpower on the scenes and additional patrols in the Alexandria area for the duration of the events.
APD Detectives with assistance from the FBI Task Force and the U.S. Marshal’s Task force are moving forward in the investigation. We will undertake every effort to identify and bring all persons responsible for these actions to justice. Any threat to harm our children and disrupt the lives of their loved ones will not be tolerated. If anyone has information which might aid in the identification and arrest of the perpetrator(s) please call A.P.D. Criminal Investigations or Crimestoppers – a reward of up to $2500 is available.
The Alexandria Police Department would like to thank all agencies who assisted during this event to include; Louisiana State Police, Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, Fort Polk EOD, Tunica Marksville Tribal Police, AFD, Fire District 2, RPSO, Acadian Ambulance, the American Red Cross, the FBI and US Marshal’s Task Force and the Rapides Parish School Board. Such cooperation is invaluable in instances such as these. Moreover, we thank the parents of these children who for the most part were very patient, understanding and helpful in bringing these incident to a successful conclusion.