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Bomb threat forces evacuation of high school

A bomb threat early Friday morning resulted in the evacuation of Halifax County High School, according to School Superintendent Paul Stapleton.

The superintendent noted no bomb was found, and there were no injuries.

The bomb threat was called in around 7 a.m., with law enforcement notified and responding, including South Boston Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Virginia State Police.

Students were told to remain on their buses or in their cars as they arrived at school.

Students dropped off at school by their parents went to buses to await the sweep by law enforcement, according to Stapleton.
“We had a bomb threat called in, but our law enforcement did such a good job of getting in there,” said Stapleton, adding that around 8:45 a.m. students were allowed back in the building.

The bomb threat was phoned in to Police Chief Jim Binner’s office, according to Stapleton, who was at the scene.

“We followed procedure, and everything went procedurally as it should,” said Stapleton.  “We kept the kids on the buses, and everybody back away from the building.

“When parents dropped them off, we asked them to go over to the buses.

“I’m kind of proud of our high school administrative staff and faculty, they followed the guidelines just like they were supposed to.”

Stapleton added he was pleased with the fast action of law enforcement in responding to the bomb threat.

“I’m really pleased with the fast action of our law enforcement.  Chief Binner was the one in charge on the scene, but Sheriff (Stanley) Noblin was there and a large number of enforcement there to sweep the building.

“They never found anything, and we let the teachers go on to their rooms, and about 8:45 we let them unload the buses and bring them (students) back in.

“We had everybody the right perimeter from the building, so we were pleased with the way it went.”

Although never pleased with a bomb threat, Stapleton added he was pleased with the response.

“I was quick to tell Stanley (Noblin) and Jim (Binner) that, the response was quick, it was efficient, and they knew exactly what to do.
“They had the building zoned, they had their teams out there, and it really went well.”

“We’ll probably catch the culprit, we’re already off on that,” noted Stapleton.  “Regardless of who it is, we’ll prosecute to the fullest, but if it is a student, they will be subject to criminal prosecution and subject to expulsion.”