Classes resume after students, staff evacuated due to threat at Freeman HS

Classes resume after students, staff evacuated due to threat at Freeman HS

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Public Schools officials say students and staff have returned to class after evacuating Douglas Freeman High School on Thursday morning.

The students were moved to the football field while police investigated.

"Notes of a threatening nature were found in several bathrooms," a school official said.

Henrico Schools sent this information to parents through emails, calls and social media posts:

Today, in school bathrooms, we discovered multiple notes of a threatening nature. We are working with Henrico Police to investigate the situation, and as a precaution, we will be safely moving all students and staff members to the football field until the situation is resolved.

"I looked on SnapChat, on social media, and I saw all my friend say there was a bomb threat," says senior Daniel Schier.

He goes to school later in the day and couldn't get on campus. He showed us a photo of the threat circulating on social media. It says "June 1st bomb detonation at DSF 10:55"

Henrico police say the Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams from Henrico and Richmond were called in.

"They're looking for any items that look out of place," says Lt. Anthony Mehfound with Henrico County Police. "And with kids and book bags, it's very difficult to do. That's why the evacuation order was given by administration to make that an easier and quicker response."

The threats also take police officers off the streets.

"We had to pull several officers from the south or eastern district to cover the west for calls for service, so yes, it does impact quite a bit," says Lt. Mehfound.

The all clear was given around 1 p.m. Now police say whoever made these threats could be facing charges.

After the investigation, school officials say students returned to the school and classes resumed.

"We are rearranging the lunch schedule to make sure that students have a chance to eat. Otherwise, dismissal is expected at the normal time," said school spokesperson Andy Jenks. "We'd like to commend the way our students and staff handled today's events, including those folks who stopped by with water to help keep everyone hydrated."

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