UPDATE: Flandreau Public School evacuated for bomb threat
FLANDREAU, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Authorities say a bomb threat from a male caller is the cause behind the school’s evacuation Tuesday morning.
According to the Moody County Sheriff’s Office, they received a bomb threat from a male caller at 9:10 am on Tuesday.
Approximately 25 law enforcement officers responded to the call and a bomb disposal unit was also on standby. Incident Command was set up and teams were created to clear the school. After a search of the school and some of its surroundings, the building was released back to school administrators.
During the search of the facility, students were bused to a safe location.
Responding agencies included: Moody County Sheriff’s Office, City of Flandreau Police Department, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, City of Madison Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, City of Flandreau Fire Department and the Moody County Ambulance.
On the second day of the school year, Flandreau students have been evacuated from their school.
An alert was issued Tuesday on the school district’s website that stated that all Flandreau Public School students have been evacuated and bussed to the Tribal Community Center in Flandreau.
The alert stated that everyone was safe, but did not give a reason for the evacuation.
Parents were advised to pick their children up at the community center, but once the “all is clear” is given, students will be taken back to the school.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Flandreau School District includes four schools and has 720 students.
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