Last Friday afternoon the school was evacuated because of a bomb scare from "a message discovered on a bathroom door," according to Montville Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann.
The school was evacuated at 12:44 p.m. on Monday and "this was a written threat found inside of a bathroom stall at the Montville High School," Appelmann said.
School officials evacuated all grades and staff and the Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb squad and Criminal Investigative unit responded.
“During the preliminary sweep of the building, maintenance
staff discovered a sealed paint can outside of one of the exit doors. The paint
can was searched and determined not to be a threat," Appelmann said.
Students were dismissed from school from the locations where they were evacuated. After-school activities were cancelled so officials had time to secure the building, he said.
“Montville Detectives are working with school officials and
the Morris County Prosecutor's office to determine the origin of this threat.
There does not appear to be any immediate danger and school will resume Tuesday as scheduled,”
He added that the Morris county Office of Emergency Management medical response unit came and helped the bomb squad.Staff at the district's superintendent's office said the high school was evacuated and the district sent out an alert to parents. Superintendent Paul Fried was not in the office on Monday to comment further on the situation.
Last Friday's bomb scare relocated students and staff and the Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, bomb squad and investigators from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office responded to the school, Appelmann said.
School officials helped to search the school on Friday and "once it was determined there was no threat, the staff and students returned to the building without further incident," said Appelmann.
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