Threat Closes Madison County Schools

April 19, 2007

Madison County Schools closed two hours early Thursday because of suspicious writings found at William Wetsel Middle School.

"My guidance counselor came into my classroom and said there was a bomb threat and I was like oh my God," said Kim Henken, a student.

Henken was among 1,100 students at William Wetsel Middle School and Madison County High who were evacuated after a suspicious note was found Thursday morning.

"Because the two buildings are adjacent and we wanted to do a complete search of the two areas, we determined that we would evacuate those two facilities," said Brenda Tanner, Superintendent of schools.

A staff member at Wetsel found the threat and turned it over to the Sheriff's department. The state police brought in four bomb sniffing dogs. After four hours, police cleared the buildings, but not before all Madison County schools were dismissed. Some students say the shootings at Virginia Tech were definitely in their thoughts.

"There was that part in the back of my mind that well, it did happen at Virginia Tech, so I was a little nervous," said Bridget Kulick, a freshman.

Kulick's mother had a hard time picking her daughter up from school because of the commotion. She says she was nervous but tries not to let random acts negatively affect her.

"It's hard to maintain thinking that everyday is going to be normal but that is all we can do," said Ruth Kulick, Bridget's mother.

And while the situation was inconvenient, most parents were happy to be inconvienced.

"I am glad to see they are sending everyone home and taking it very seriously," said Kathy Henken, Kim's mother.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department says they are reviewing security camera footage and hope it will point to the perpetrator. Schools will reopen on a regular schedule Friday.

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