SANFORD — Sanford School District students were evacuated Monday afternoon after an unknown suspect called in a bomb threat that is now being considered a prank.
According to Sanford Superintendent Kevin Edgar, the school received a call at approximately 2:46 p.m. saying the school was going to blow up. The students were evacuated within five minutes to an offsite location prior to the arrival of authorities that included the Colorado State Patrol, the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and area fire and emergency service providers. The authorities sealed off a two-block radius and searched the school, finding no evidence of explosives while students were safely transported home via parent pickup and rerouted buses.
“Our emergency plan went very well,” Edgar said about the staff, student and community response to the district’s first emergency of this kind. “Our parents handled the situation very well. It is unfortunate that these things happen. Everyone did a great job and remained calm.”
As of late yesterday afternoon, access had been granted to the school and classes are regularly scheduled for today.
Authorities have a suspect in the ongoing investigation.