BRIEF: Bomb threat forces school evacuation in Bedford County [The Roanoke Times, Va.]
(Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 28--A school building in Bedford County was evacuated Friday morning due to a bomb threat.
Administrators at the Bedford Science and Technology Center found a written bomb threat in the building at 10:15 a.m. and immediately evacuated students and staff to an adjacent athletic field, according to Bedford County Schools spokesman Ryan Edwards.
He said the Bedford County Sheriff's Office used a bomb-sniffing dog to scan the building for explosive material.
After nothing was deemed hazardous by the sheriff's office, everyone was allowed back into the building around noon. Edwards said an automated call notification was sent to parents . The afternoon classes went on as normal, he said.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy in Bedford County" for acts like this, Edwards said, and the school system is working with the sheriff's office to yield a suspect.
"We are fortunate to have video surveillance equipment that aids the process," he said, and added that the punishment for the perpetrator will be "swift and severe."
The investigation is ongoing, he said.
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