Death threat – School evacuated due to alarming note
Ready Springs School was evacuated early Friday as a precaution after a threatening note was found on campus. The note reportedly stated that all students would die at 10 a.m. Friday.
The Penn Valley kindergarten through eighth-grade school was completely cleared of all students and nonessential personnel by about 9:20 a.m., school board President Stormy Trahern said.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office personnel and staff searched the campus but had not discovered any dangerous items. Bomb-sniffing dogs from Sacramento were brought in to complete a more-thorough search, but they detected nothing, Trahern said.
The note was found by students in the locker area after school Thursday, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.
It stated that everyone at Ready Springs School was going to die at 10 a.m., Royal said.
Trahern said it appeared the nonspecific threat was written by a child.
School officials notified the sheriff’s department and decided to send children home.
“It would be better to err on the side of caution,” Trahern said of the decision to cancel school.
Preschool students and those in kindergarten through fifth grade were sent to the Penn Valley Fire Department Station 43 to be picked up by parents. Those in the sixth through eighth grades were taken to the Penn Valley Community Church to wait for a ride.
Response to the threat – a first for the small school – was good, Trahern said. Some students were upset, she said, but teachers did a good job helping them through the process. In all, the children were well behaved, she said.
“It’s gone on without a glitch. A stressful day, but the staff did an awesome job,” she said.
Trahern did not know how much the incident will cost Ready Springs Union School District. It won’t be cheap, she said, but the precaution was necessary.
“You just don’t put a dollar figure on safety,” Trahern said.
Ready Springs School will return to its normal schedule Monday.
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