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UPDATE: Law enforcement will be at WHS Thursday

School planned as scheduled Thursday


December 19, 2018

Karla Pomeroy

Local law enforcement officials, ambulance and Worland Fire Department responded to the report of a bomb threat at Worland High School late Wednesday afternoon. Here, ambulance and fire personnel, as well as a few law enforcement personnel are stationed in the back of the high school. Law enforcement included Worland Police, Washakie County Sheriff, Wyoming Game and Fish. Washakie Emergency Management/Homeland Security also responded.

UPDATE: One entry Thursday into WHS

The following statement was received from Washakie County School District No. 1 ..

Law Enforcement Officials and Bomb dogs have searched the school and the school has been cleared. However, the nature of the threat requires us to also exercise caution tomorrow. As noted earlier, classes will be in session tomorrow at all schools. The threat was directed toward the High School. Therefore tomorrow morning all High School staff and students will only be able to enter the school through the rear gym door. Entry will begin at 7:30 a.m. Law Enforcement Personnel along with Bomb Dogs will be there and will take the necessary precautions to ensure that no explosives or other harmful devices enter the building. We recognize and apologize for the inconvenience this will cause. We also appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work through this situation.

WORLAND - A bomb threat written on a restroom stall was discovered late Wednesday afternoon prompting an evacuation of Worland High School

According to a press release from Washakie County School District No. 1, "At the close of school Wednesday, a student discovered and reported a bomb threat written on a restroom stall. After consulting with law enforcement officials we determined to follow standard protocol for this type of incident. At approximately 4 p.m. those who remained in the building were evacuated from the facility."

Law enforcement officials are currently sweeping the building, and will consult with District officials as to additional actions which may be taken.

According to Worland Police Chief Gabe Elliott, law enforcement officials conducted a perimeter search and an explosive detection dog has been requested. When the dog and handler arrive a search of the high school will commence. Elliott did not know when that search would occur or how long it would take for the dog to arrive.

According to school officials, there will not be any entry allowed into the high school until it has been cleared.

At this time the district anticipates holding school tomorrow, Thursday, at all locations, including the high school.

This story will be updated when new information is available.


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