Another bomb threat at Abbeville High School; second one in six days
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Band students stand around while their school is being checked for a bomb.
Band students stand around while their school is being checked for a bomb.
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Abbeville fire trucks block off WIldcat Drive in front of the school.
Abbeville fire trucks block off WIldcat Drive in front of the school.
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For the second time in less than a week students at Abbeville High had to be evacuated Wednesday morning in response to a bomb threat.

Like last Friday, officials found no bomb on campus.

A faculty member discovered a note in a bathroom around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday saying a bomb was on campus. Officials responded quickly, scanned the buildings and students returned before noon.

“We exited the building just like last time and got everybody who needed to be here,” Abbeville High Principal Ivy Landry said. “They checked everything out. Once the bomb dog cleared everything, we came back to class.

“It all happened in under an hour.”

The process took around 90 minutes on Friday after someone found a similar note around 11:45 a.m.

“The process went a lot faster this time,” Landry said. “It’s a shame that we have to this happen two times in basically a week.

Landry said he could not comment on the investigation of either Friday’s or Wednesday’s incidents.

“It’s very frustrating,” Landry said. “It throws off the routine of the day. For our kids, this is aggravating.

“It’s frustrating and we hope this is not copycating and something that keeps happening.”

Landry said the school is keeping in close touch with parents in regard to the situation.

“I will make a phone call to parents on our call out to explain what went on,” Landry said. “Our parents understand that things happen. We keep them very open to what is going on.

“We don’t hide anything from them because there is nothing to hide.”

Both Friday and Wednesday have shown the safety routines put in place prior to the school year work.

“It shows that we are well prepared,” Landry said. “We have a crisis plan in place and we just follow that crisis plan to a T. The students are doing a wonderful job (responding to the plan). I’m just upset that we have to keep using it. It’s frustrating to the faculty and it’s frustrating to the students.

“It’s frustrating to everybody.”
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