Bomb threat at high school 'not credible'

Bomb threat at high school 'not credible'

CLINTON — Officials at Clinton High School quickly determined that a bomb threat during a dance competition Saturday was "not credible."

"We were made aware of it (Saturday) morning about 9:30 or 10 a.m. It was written somewhere in our building and somebody saw it and let us know. We don't even know if it was written (Saturday)," said Barry Gurvey, athletic director for the high school.

The excitement came during a dance competition that had the gymnasium and school filled with more than 30 dance teams and hundreds of spectators. The competition began about 8 a.m. and was scheduled to run well into the evening by the time awards were handed out.

Gurvey said Clinton police and fire officials were notified, consulted with school officials and decided not to evacuate the building while it was searched.

"When people think something is happening, it could create a panic. If there is no smoke, you don't yell fire," said Gurvey, adding there were people of all ages in the school Saturday.

He estimated that the entire incident, from the time of it being brought to his attention to when police and firefighters left, lasted about 30 to 45 minutes.

Many in attendance were likely not aware anything was amiss. He said a few teams housed in different rooms had to be moved while the rooms were searched.

When the event was over, high school officials put out messages on Twitter about what had happened to make sure the public had the correct information.

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