PDT Staff Writer
A bomb scare brought a few anxious moments and Portsmouth Police officers and the Portsmouth Fire Department to Portsmouth Elementary School around 9:15 Friday morning.
“One of the students came in and was bragging to other students that he had some type of an explosive device,” Captain Jerry Leach of the Portsmouth Police Department said. “They got all of the kids out, evacuated the buildings. The Fire Department and the Police Department made a check. Turned out what he had was not an explosive device. It was something wrapped with wire. It wasn’t explosive at all. The kids were returned to the school. Everything is safe. We had several officers on scene and fire department personnel also.”
Scott Dutey, Superintendent of Portsmouth City Schools, said the investigation of the incident is ongoing.
“Our administrators are dealing with the student,” Dutey said. “I don’t know what the outcome of that is yet.”
Dutey said the school system prepares for just such occurrances.
“We have a crisis team at each building level,” Dutey said. “And when things like this occur, obviously you have to take them serious each and every time. You always err on the side of caution, which is why we contacted the police and fire departments immediately, cleared the building, and then allowed them to go in and do their job and once the building was deemed safe, we allowed the students to return and resume the school day.”
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