By Mike Grant
The Washington Times-Herald
A threatening note led officials to empty both the Washington High and Junior High School around 1:40 p.m.
The note was found at the high school and at that time Washington Police were contacted. The note claimed there was a bomb in the building that was going to explode.
"We talked with the school and decided to go on the side of caution and evacuate," said Washington Police Chief Mike Healy.
The school system then put its regular emergency plan into place. High school students were taken to the Washington National Guard Armory, Junior High students were sent to North Elementary. Parents were then contacted. All sports practices and extracurricular activities at the junior high were cancelled Monday night. High school girls volleyball and soccer games were also cancelled.
Outside of both buildings parents lined up to sign out their children and take them home. Those who rode the buses waited for their normal dismissal time.
While that was going on police were trying to comb the buildings to try and be certain they were safe. The city even had some bomb sniffing dogs brought in to go through both the WHS and WJHS.
Washington School Superintendent Dan Roach stood outside of the armory with other administrators watching parents pick up students.
"It might be nothing, but in his day and age you have to be careful," said Roach. "This is unfortunate. We have had such a good start to the school year with no real incidents until this."