March 28, 2007
Police said they are questioning suspects in connection with Tuesday’s bomb threats at two local schools.
There was an increased police presence at Brownsville elementary and Henley middle schools one day after suspicious packages caused the schools to shut down and sent fear into the students that go there.
“This morning when they had the police over there again showing their force and making sure everyone was safe, He was a little apprehensive of that and I just had to explain that they were there, nothing was going on but just for the well being of the kids," said parent Thomas E. Robinson II.
Other parents not taking any chances kept their children out of school today. Fifty-five were absent from Henley and fifty-two from Brownsville. School officials estimate less than half of those because of the threats.
“Certainly we were prepared to have some concerns and have some lower than normal attendance in the schools,” said Albemarle County School Superintendent Dr. Pam Moran.
Counselors were on hand to talk with students and teachers and principals reassured students they were safe. The bomb scare happened around 7am Tuesday when custodians noticed the items. Police sources tell us one device was a spray painted letter and the other a cylinder like object.
Police said these threats were intentional but still would not comment on what was inside the packages. But now say the devices could be related to previous bomb threats last week.
I would say that is a definite possibility said Albemarle County Police Lt. John Teixeira.
Police will continue to monitor the schools as long as necessary. They said there is little they can do to stop these kinds of threats but are planning an educational forum along with the schools to try and prevent them.
“Individuals who do something like this they bare responsibility for those actions, period. And there are certain laws and certain moral codes that people have to follow,” said Teixeira.
The Safety in Schools forum is planned for Wednesday April 11, 2007 at 7 p.m. at Western Albemarle High School.