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Bomb Threat at a Pasco Middle School

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Posted: October 31, 2007 6:35 p.m.

PASCO, Wash.--More than 840 students and staff in Pasco school district got quite a scare today as Stevens Middle School became the target of a bomb threat.

Just before 10:00 a.m.  this morning, a suspicious package was found in one of the bathrooms.

"There was an indication on that package that it could be an explosive type of device," says Pasco police Captain Ken Roske. So for precaution, we called the Richland (Police) Bomb Squad to assist us in taking that package out of the restroom.

Before the Bomb Squad arrived, students and faculty had evacuated the building. They walked across the street to the athletic fields. This is where they waited until it was safe to return.

"We evacuated students out of the building and they moved to their normal evacuation sites," according to Assistant Superintendent of Pasco Schools, Dr. Dennis Maguire.

Around 11:00 a.m., school administrators were advised by police officials the device was harmless. From here, students were stationed inside Stevens Gymnasium waiting to have lunch. Staff members we spoke with said they are frustrated by today's events, saying the learning process was disrupted.

"Everybody has kinda pulled together," says Principal Robert Elizondo. Right now, we've had individuals that have helped with lunch and para-educators have kicked in. We've got some teachers with food handlers cards that have helped out with the whole process.