Easton Police: Oliver Ames Bomb Threat ‘Not Credible’
According to Chief Keith Boone, Easton Police received a report at 11:50 a.m. of a bomb threat at the high school that was made via Snapchat.
“Several students received the Snapchat message and reported it to the principal who notified Easton Police,” Boone stated in a release. “The school was immediately evacuated and all students and staff made it safely out of the building. Out of an abundance of caution, all other Easton Public Schools were put under a stay in place order.”
Boone said that after police arrived at the school, they learned that the Snapchat message “mentioned a potential hostage situation inside the school.” Officers swept the school but determined there were no hostages inside.
Officers made a secondary sweep of the school a short time later with explosive-sniffing K9s and determined there was no further threat, Boone said.
Boone said detectives traced the Snapchat message and determined it was allegedly sent by a juvenile in Choctaw, Oklahoma. Police in that town were notified and the juvenile was located at school, and Boone said the Commonwealth Fusion Center and the FBI will be following up on the incident.
At about 2:45 p.m., police determined the school was safe and students were escorted to Easton Middle School for dismissal.
"This was truly a team effort to safely get everyone out of the building to allow for our officers to conduct their investigation," Chief Boone said. "We take any and all threats very seriously and I want to commend our investigators and those who assisted us in quickly identifying the juvenile we believe to be responsible for causing this incident."