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Bomb threat prompts early dismissal at Waterloo High School: What do we know?

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A bomb threat at the Waterloo High School resulted in early closure and dismissal on Monday.

According to a letter from Supervisor Terri Bavis, the threat came during the morning hours, which prompted the immediate evacuation of the middle and high school.

The instructional day at both primary schools in the district was not impacted. Elementary students were dismissed at regular time.

“I am grateful to the students and staff for their quick response,” Bavis said in the email to families. “Our emergency plans were followed without incident, I also commend our transportation department and our bus drivers for returning to compus so we were able to dismiss our secondary students early.”

She went on to thank others from local, county, and state law enforcement who responded to the school quickly.

The threat was deemed not credible.

Waterloo High School. FL1 Archive.

Staff and remaining students were able to enter the school at the end of the day.

“I would like to apologize for the delay of the message sent out in the Parent Square smart alert this morning,” her message to families added. “The original messages were sent out at 11:40 a.m. and technical difficulties ensued, in which the messages were not actually delivered until approximately 12:20 p.m. It is always my interest to communicate with families as soon as practicable.”

Additional information about the threat was not available.