2014-04-23 / Front Page

Bomb scare at AMHS; building evacuated

All safe following police search

PHOTOS BY JOE TURNERPHOTOS BY JOE TURNERAmityville Village and Suffolk County Police evacuated the Amityville Memorial High School this morning after receiving a call in which an individual said there was a bomb in the school.

Police immediately responded to the school and did a sweep of the building, turning up nothing suspicious.

“Everyone was calm and the building was quickly and safely evacuated,” said acting Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Kelly. “The staff did a great job in keeping order and building administrators Dr. De Rose and Mr. Wilkins provided oversight of the entire crisis.”

Amityville Village Police Lt. Gerald Gralton said that police conducted an initial sweep of the building, as well as a second sweep.

Suffolk County Police are investigating the incident and will be pursuing the individual who made the call. “We take incidents like this seriously,” said Gralton.

Initially, rumors surfaced that an abandoned briefcase had been found in the girl’s locker room, but Gralton said police looked into many brief cases and backpacks since students left them behind when the evacuation alarm sounded. “We went through everything thoroughly,” said Gralton.

With cold temperatures and strong winds, the school brought in buses for the students. Police directed the buses to the northwest side of the high school property by Avon Place.

“We took direction from the police officers on hand as to where to send the buses,” said Kelly.

Kelly added that the district has a safety plan in place and that all procedures and protocol were followed. “We have regular drills and there is always someone keeping an eye and looking out to make sure that everyone knows exactly what has to be done in a situation like this,” she said.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Det. Lucas Riordan of the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or the Amityville Village Police at 631-264-0400.

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