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Jefferson Elementary bomb threat came from overseas IP address
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Jefferson Elementary bomb threat came from overseas IP address

From Pullman Public Schools:

Jefferson Elementary was temporarily evacuated this morning after a reported bomb threat was heard in a phone message left on the Jefferson Elementary School main phone voicemail on Wednesday evening.

The caller indicated the school was unsafe and mentioned a bomb in the building. After hearing the message around 8:00 A.M this morning, school staff immediately evacuated the school and called the police. School buses had not yet delivered students so they were diverted to the high school until a decision could be made about the school day.

Teachers and other staff did a wonderful job keeping the several students who had already arrived at school away from the school building and calm. The police did a thorough search of the school followed by each teacher check their room for anything that might be out of the ordinary.

At approximately 9:30 A.M. the police turned the school back over to the school district with confidence that the school was safe. Students were invited into school and the teachers and staff did a fabulous job making the rest of the day as normal as possible.

In a follow-up with the Pullman Police Department, the District learned that the call came from an IP address overseas. It is most likely that the information the caller had regarding the school was found on our website and that there is no actual threat.

The District is grateful for the professional expertise shown by the Pullman Police Department and for its immediate response and assistance. Principal Craig Nelson and the Jefferson staff reacted professionally and effectively to take excellent care of the students. The transportation department was very helpful as busses were diverted to Pullman High School until the school could reopen. We appreciate the patience, flexibility, and cooperation shown by impacted families as Jefferson was evacuated and later re-opened this morning.

As always, the safety of all of our students is of primary concern to us and we will continue to review safety and crisis plans on a frequent basis. 

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