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Bomb threat at Kessler Elementary one of many nationwide

Bomb threat at Kessler Elementary one of many nationwide

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A lunchtime bomb threat called into Kessler Elementary on Monday was one of many across the country and in the United Kingdom.

Longview police community service officer Cindy Lopez-Werth said after an hour of searching, police found no bombs or explosive devices in Kessler.

The Longview school, which has 320 students, was evacuated immediately. Students were allowed back in around 2:30 p.m., and school was scheduled to resume as normal Tuesday.

Police said the call was left at the school at 12:04 p.m. and was received by a staff member in the front office. Police believe it was a prerecorded message, or a robocall. The caller indicated there was a bomb inside the school.

Longview School District spokeswoman Sandy Catt said the staffer who received the call reported hearing phrases such as “There’s not a lot of time,” and “It’s going to explode.”

Around the same time, a secretary at York Elementary School in Vancouver received a robocall bomb threat, according to The Columbian. According to other news agencies, schools in Delaware, Colorado, Maryland and the United Kingdom, among other places, received bomb threats Monday.

It was not known whether they are related or orchestrated by one person or one group.

Catt said the district has never received a robocall threat before.

“This was something that was really new to us. Obviously we always want to err on the side of safety,” Catt said. “A lot of things went right. It’s always a teachable moment.”

Catt said district officials and police still will determine possible future bomb threats on a case-by-case basis.

Longview police are investigating. An FBI spokeswoman said Monday that the agency was not investigating.

Contact Daily News reporter Lauren Kronebusch at 360-577-2532.


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