Threat Forces Orange County School Evacuation

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

February 10, 2006

A bomb scare forced students at Orange County High School out of their classrooms Thursday afternoon.

Around 10 a.m. the principal made an announcement that caught everyone’s attention.

"He said that we need to go into a modified code red and then we all just went into lockdown," said student Carrie Shipp.

A student alerted school officials and said that she had overheard a group of teenagers talking in the hallway about blowing up the school.

"At that point we felt that it was credible enough from the student that was telling us the issue," said Todd Weidow, Principal of Orange County High School.

Still unsure of what was going inside; school officials evacuated all 1,400 students to the field house next door while authorities searched the school.

Five bomb-sniffing dogs combed the school, but turned up nothing. Three hours later, students were allowed back inside.

"You have to take all threats as being credible and you have to take them seriously and take the necessary steps to keep students safe," said Weidlow.

Linda Tomblin says she's grateful the school took action but says she still picked up her grandson early just in case.

"It's just hard to believe, it's scary, very scary," said Tomblin.

The Orange County Sheriffs office say no arrests have been made because they're still investigating which students made the threats.

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