Friday, March 24, 2000

Police on alert after bomb threat at Fairfield High

Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — Security will be beefed up today at Fairfield High School after school officials found graffiti in a girls restroom saying a bomb would explode in the school at noon today.

        A student discovered the message scrawled on a metal partition about 11 a.m. Wednesday and immediately told school officials, said Charles Wiedenmann, superintendent of Fairfield schools.

        Police, fire officials and school personnel searched the building Wednesday and Thursday.

        The note was discovered just hours after radio and TV reports that Williamsburg High School would be closed Wednesday because of a bomb threat.

        School officials have no leads but suspect the note may have been written by a student, Mr. Wiedenmann said.

        The building was locked down Thursday night and extra staff called in overnight and this morning.

        It will be searched again today while students are sent out of the building. Fire Chief Don Bennett will be at school today.

        “By the time students arrive today we will have searched the building three times,” Mr. Wiedenmann said. “We are taking every safety precaution we know of.

        “If we call off school we feel we might be inviting additional threats.

        “We don't want to reward people who want to cancel school,” Mr. Wiedenmann said.


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