MVTHS Evacuated For Second Consecutive Day

(MT. VERNON, IL) — On Wednesday, Mt. Vernon Township High School officials received a message notifying that another bomb threat had been written on a bathroom stall in one of the high school buildings. In a release from the district office, it was reported that the district contacted administration and local law enforcement and activated district protocol for bomb threats. The district followed up with the evacuation of all buildings to the football field and or personnel vehicles to exit campus with Durham Transportation Services picked up students at that location away from campus buildings. Notification to parents and the public of the early dismissal at approximately 12:25 p.m. was provided via the district’s website, Facebook account, and through the School Reach notification system. This included clearing of the buildings of any remaining students and personnel and a walk through and visual inspection of all buildings by district administration and local law enforcement. Following this action, the buildings were inspected and received final clearance by personnel of the Secretary of State Police and a bomb recognition canine unit, district administration, and local law enforcement. Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad commander, Sgt. Rick Beaty stated in a phone conversation with WMIX staff that the investigation into the incidents would continue after the walk through of the buildings were complete and that the notes could be analyzed to see if there would be any forensic evidence that could lead to an arrest.