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FBI being called in after 2nd threat to bomb LCS

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

 

Authorities have decided to contact the FBI after a second bomb threat this week targeted Lincoln Charter School.
Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News Friday morning that an email was sent to school officials at the charter school’s middle and high school campus in Denver regarding a bomb set to activate at 8 a.m. today.
Dave Machado, Lincoln Charter School’s chief administrator, said the email was detected around 7:30 a.m., before school started, and that buses were re-routed once school officials learned of the threat. In addition, parents were not allowed to drop off any students at the campus, he said.
The scene was much different from Wednesday’s hectic evacuation of all three Charter School campuses after a first bomb threat, targeted at all three facilities, two in Denver and one in Lincolnton, forced a large-scale evacuation of students and staff.
“It was very disrupting and chaotic to the staff and students,” Carpenter said.
The campuses were evacuated according to normal school procedure, school officials said. Students were bused by their normal bus routes to area churches, where parents were allowed to pick-up children.
Wednesday’s threat was also sent by email to school staff but stated that a threat would be imminent from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
Five K-9 units and ATF officials were called upon Wednesday to help sweep the buildings, authorities said.
In addition, Machado noted that, since the first threat, deputies have been patrolling all three facilities day and night.
“They stepped up their surveillance,” Machado said. Authorities noted that no bombs or other weapons were located in either incident.
Today, Carpenter plans on making FBI officials aware of the recent threats at the charter schools.
Denver’s elementary campus and Lincolnton’s elementary / middle school campus are both operating on their normal schedules today.
Machado said the Denver middle / high school campus is set to re-open on Monday.

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