By JIMMY LAWTON
POTSDAM – Potsdam Police and school officials are asking anyone with information regarding today’s early morning bomb scare at Potsdam High School to come forward.
Superintendent Patrick Brady said students were sheltered in a secure location at the school at about 7:30 a.m. this morning after a note threatening a bomb scare was found.
He said the incident is still under investigation and it remains unknown if the perpetrator was a student.
"It's not clear at this time. Hopefully they will be able to find and prosecute the person who perpetrated this hoax," he said.
Brady said the Potsdam Police were contacted immediately and were assisted by State Police.
A bomb-sniffing dog was brought in to clear the school and students returned to classes at about 9:30 a.m. after it was deemed safe by investigators.
Brady said bomb scares are always bad, but the timing of this one was particularly nerve racking for parents, faculty and students as headlines are still swirling about the recent shooting in Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 elementary students and six staff members.
"It's very difficult coming at the time it did considering what happened in Connecticut," he said. "I am sure parents are most anxious about this situation in light of what happened last week."
Brady said the situation, while unfortunate, was handled smoothly. He said emergency drills are held regularly to prepare students for situations like bomb scares.
"We took every precaution and we followed our plan," he said.
Brady credited police fore arriving quickly and taking control.
"I'd like to thank law enforcement for their quick response and handling of the situation," he said.
Anyone with information regarding the bomb threat should call the school at 265-2000 or Potsdam Police at 265-2121.