Jul 29, 2014

LCPS: Tuscarora High School Bomb Threat Was False Alarm

Leesburg law enforcement, assisted by a Virginia State Police K9, swept the building.

LCPS: Tuscarora High School Bomb Threat Was False Alarm

A bomb threat made at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg proved to be a false alarm, according to Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard.

The Leesburg Police Department was on the scene, according to Leesburg Today. Leesburg police spokesman Lt. Jeff Dube referred inquiries to the school system.

"We had a non-specific bomb threat at Tuscarora today," Byard said. "By non-specific, I mean it was phrased in such a way that it did not appear credible."

However, authorities were called. The Leesburg Police Department and a Virginia State Police K9 unit swept the building and deemed it safe.

"We take all threats seriously," Byard said, adding that he had fielded 100 to 150 calls from concerned residents by 2:40 p.m.

Byard also said Tuscarora parents were notified "as soon as we ascertained what was going on."

Students were not evauated, Byard said. LCPS follows "police advice" about whether to evacuate. Caution is used in each circumstance, Byard said, because the threat could be an attempt to lure students outside where they could be in more danger.

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