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Bomb threat empties Edgerton school

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Gazette staff
November 23, 2011
— Yahara Valley Elementary School was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after the school's principal received a phone call threatening that a bomb would explode within the hour.

Authorities said nothing was found in the building after it was closed and two "extensive searches" were conducted, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.


The incident is under investigation, and the department didn't indicate whether it had any suspects.


Schools Superintendent Dennis Pauli said authorities were attempting to trace the call.


Rock County 911 reported that at 2:16 p.m., authorities were called to the school at 8643 N. Raymond Road. The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to the scene along with the Rock County Sheriff's Office and Edgerton Fire Department.


Students were moved to Edgerton High School, and parents were notified of the situation, according to the sheriff's office. The children remained in the performing arts center at the high school until buses came to take them home on their regular bus routes.


No injuries were reported, and North Raymond Road was closed for about 90 minutes during the incident, deputies said. Neighboring residences also were evacuated during the search, according to the news release.


Backpacks brought from the building were searched, according to police scanner traffic. Pauli said nothing was found, and the school was cleared.


Pauli said Yahara Principal Aundrea Kerkenbush answered the phone at about 2 p.m. when the threat was called in.


A male told her there was a bomb inside the school that would detonate within the hour before hanging up.



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