Another bomb threat has been made against the West Hempstead Middle School.
According to school officials a caller left a threatening message on the answering machine for the Middle School's main phone number Wednesday night at approximately 11:30 p.m.
"Upon hearing the message this morning, [Principal Marcia] Murray immediately notified the High School [which is attached to the Middle School building] and the police department," stated an message on the district's Web site.
Parents received an alert through the ConnectEd notification system and both the high school and middle school administrations began evacuating the students who were both arriving for school and who may have already been in the building.
As of 8:20 a.m. the students had been evacuated to the high school and middle school parking lots and fields. Police and administration are conducting a thorough sweep of both buildings.
School officials ask that parents do not come to the buildings at this time and allow the high school and middle school administration and staff to care for the safety of their children. They promised to keep parents posted via Connect Ed and the district web site regarding any changes to the situation.
This is not the first time the district has dealt with a bomb threat. Two years ago, there were three separate incidents in which administrators needed to respond to calls claiming a bomb had been placed in one of the school buildings. In January, the district also received a similar threat to the middle school building, and received from some parents and faculty members for not evacuating the building.
UPDATE: Around 9:15 a.m. school officials received an "all clear" from Nassau County Police, who had conducted a thorough sweep of both the West Hempstead Middle School and High School. The students, who had been evacuated to the football field nearby were permitted to enter the buildings and instructed to go to their second period classes.
"The Nassau County Police Department, along with administration and staff have inspected both buildings inside and out and nothing was found," read a statement on the district's Web site.
It also indicated that as an additional security precaution, all backpacks and bags will be inspected as well.
The school officials will work in conjunction with the Nassau County Police Department to fully investigate this matter and stated that if the perpetrators of this event are found, the district will pursue charges against them to the fullest extent of the law.
Anyone with any information pertaining to the threat are being asked to reportit to both the district and building administrators and contact the Nassau County Police at 1-800-244-TIPS or firstname.lastname@example.org.