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School, homecoming continue despite bomb threat

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Gazette Staff
October 17, 2008
— Milton High School remains in an exterior lockdown today after a threatening note with the word "bomb" was discovered in the girls' bathroom at 114 W. High St. about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Video surveillance of the bathroom is available, and authorities are following up with students who are shown using that bathroom, said Bernie Nikolay, superintendent of schools.


In cooperation with the police, a $250 reward has been offered for information leading to the name of the person responsible for the threat.


A student reported the suspicious writing to the building administrator, who immediately contacted the Milton Police Department, according to school district policy. The building also was evacuated, according to a news release from the Milton Police Department.


The building was searched, and no items of concern were located. But because of the nature of the threat and as an added precautionary measure, the school district and police officials searched students as they arrived and entered the school today.


Nikolay said the school was able to send a mass message via telephone to the families to give them advance notice of what he described as a cursory search.


"Given that most of the kids knew about it, it went really well," Nikolay said. "The kids were just great."


He said parents also said they appreciated the precaution.


"It's most likely just a hoax," Nikolay said.


The school day is going on as scheduled, as well as homecoming activities, Nikolay said.


"I've been at the high school, and it hasn't dampened anyone's enthusiasm," he said.


Anyone with information about the incident should call police at (608) 868-6910.



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