MONTPELIER — School officials evacuated Union Elementary School students at 9:15, Wednesday, May 25, following a bomb threat that was called into the school, according to Brian Ricca, superintendent of the Montpelier Public School System, in an e-mail that was sent to families of the students who were involved. Montpelier Police Department were immediately notified.
“After all students were evacuated, the entire building was swept by the MPD and the all clear was given. As of right now, all UES students are back in their classrooms, except for the fourth graders who are on their field trip. We are telling the Union Elementary School students that this was just an evacuation drill,” Ricca stated, adding that he had been forewarned by the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team that there were “similar hoaxes” at other schools around the country, including one in Rutland, recently.
According to the Montpelier Police Department website, officers responded to provide security outside and to assist with the evacuation inside the building. Once all students and staff were safely outside, officers and administrative staff conducted a sweep of the building as a precaution.
Once the building was given the “all clear” officers assisted at several intersections with the return of the students to school.
Students and staff did a great job executing their safety plan.
The call is believed to be part of a nationwide hoax called “swatting” which results in a large emergency response to a false report.