Wellington had two bomb threats on Friday morning, Feb. 24.
The first dispatch went over scanners at 9:19 a.m. As a “possible bomb threat at Eisenhower School, 924 N. Plum.” The threat was made over the phone at approximately 9:15 a.m.
“The call sounded like a computer generated message,” said USD 353 Superintendent, Mark Whitener. “It sounded automated, but it may have been someone using some kind of device with their voice, but we don't know for sure.”
The Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad came down and did a full sweep of the building and gave the “all clear” around 12:45 p.m.
Once threat was made, Eisenhower Students were transported to a nearby church, Freewill Baptist, where parents were allowed to pick up their children. The remainder of the schools across USD 353 were put on lockdown. The lockdown remains in effect across the district as a precaution.
“We're going to leave that in place for the rest of the day, classes are going on as normal, but we're just keeping doors locked and keeping kids inside,” Whitener said. All activities for this evening are still on as scheduled, except for the after school program at Eisenhower. Whitener praised the Eisenhower staff and the way they handled the situation.
“Our staff followed the district procedures and kids were kept safe, students are our number one priority,” the Superintendent said. “Our plan was really flawless, our staff did a great job.”
Shortly after the Eisenhower threat, at 9:30 a.m., a threat was said to have been received at Triumph Accessory Services Inc., at 411 N. West Road. The Wellington Police Department has issued a press release concerning today's events, click here to read.
These threats come just one day after a bomb threat caused South Haven schools to evacuate.
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