Bomb threat at Petersburg High

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

Attendance at Petersburg High School was optional Dec. 18 after a bomb threat was found written on a boys' bathroom wall.

The threat was discovered Dec. 14, several hours before homecoming celebrations were set to begin. Police believe it was written between 2:30 p.m. and midnight Dec. 13. The matter was still under investigation Dec. 18, the day the threat was to be carried out.

Administrators considered three courses of action, including canceling school.

"At first blush that looks like the best decision," said Principal Dick Montgomery. "But does this become a practice at Petersburg High School with every little verbal threat? The implications are bad. Kids don't want to be going to school until July. On the other hand, if you do nothing - the second option - and hope it goes away, that is not fair to the parents or students."

The school took a third option, choosing to notify parents and letting them decide if they wanted their children to attend school. The bomb threat is the second at Petersburg High School. Another threat was written on a girls' rest room wall Dec. 5.

No suspects were in custody as of Dec. 20.

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