Several school districts reported today that bomb threats were made against them. Some schools closed out of abundance of caution, including those in Dillingham and Metlakatla.
The threats were of a similar nature, and local, state, and FBI investigators have been brought in to look into the matter.
Anchorage School District reported, “Today, multiple school districts across Alaska received a bomb threat via email including the Anchorage School District. This email has been reported to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. At this time, the threat is broad in nature and lacks specific information. Regardless, we are taking this threat seriously. Our schools remain open and there is no change to the school day schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school. As always, if you see something, say something. We will share more information as it becomes available.”
The Annette Island School District, which oversees Metlakatla schools, told parents on Facebook that “Twenty-five school districts in Alaska have received a bomb threat. Alaska State Troopers and MPD have been made aware of this incident. We DO NOT believe this is a credible threat, but we have chosen to evacuate all AISD buildings and will have MPD do a sweep of all buildings. Parents are able to pick up their students at Wil la mootk immediately.”
Dillingham wrote, “This morning, many school districts in the state of Alaska, including Dillingham City School District, received an identical threat to their buildings. Local law enforcement responded immediately to our school. Out of an abundance of caution and to protect student and staff safety, school was closed for the day and students and staff were released. Because this was a statewide threat, local, statewide and National law enforcement will be investigating. Unless otherwise informed, school will be open tomorrow as usual.”