Bomb scare 9-14

A bomb scare temporarily emptied Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale last Monday, leading authorities to search the building with the aid of a bomb-sniffing dog.

Superintendent Dana Snider said the word “bomb” was found written in small letters on a wall inside one of the bathrooms but leaders still took precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“We erred on the side of caution,” she said. “It’s a good chance for a drill and I appreciate all of the cooperation from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Hopedale and Cadiz Fire Departments.”

Principal Bert Tharp said the school regularly holds drills and everyone responded accordingly.

Nothing was found and classes resumed that afternoon.

More details on the bomb scare are available in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.