UPDATE: South Dearborn HS Evacuated After Another Threat
By Mike Perleberg
Update published at 12:57 a.m.:
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Brian Jansen says the threat received at South Dearborn High School Monday morning was an email about a bomb.
A search continues in the hallways at South Dearborn High School, but authorities and bomb-sniffing dogs have found nothing at this time, Jansen said.
No responsible party has been identified, but the investigation is ongoing. It’s the second bomb threat within a week at SDHS, but Jansen says there is no known connection whatsoever between the two incidents.
“This will not be tolerated – the disruption of the school system,” said Jansen.
Anybody with information that can assist police in their investigation is asked to contact the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 537-3431.
The high school was evacuated after the threat was discovered and reported to police. Parents of students at all schools were notified through the district’s messaging system. Students and staff were not permitted back into the high school prior to an early dismissal Monday afternoon.
“South Dearborn School Corporation staff and administration followed all proper procedures and protocol for student safety,” Jansen added.
In addition to interrupting the school day, the threat has taken up resources. The sheriff’s department, Aurora Police, Aurora Fire Department, Aurora EMS, Hogan Township Fire Department, and multiple other agencies were at the high school.
Update published at 11:53 a.m.:
South Dearborn Community Schools are being dismissed early on Monday following a threat at South Dearborn High School.
Assistant Superintendent Eric Lows says schools at the Aurora campus will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. Outlying schools in Dillsboro, Moores Hill, and Manchester will dismiss students at 1:20 p.m.
Original story published at 11:18 a.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) – For the second time in less than a week, South Dearborn High School is experiencing a tense situation as a result of a threat.
South Dearborn Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Eric Lows says an email threat was received Monday morning. The school district has followed its crisis protocol in evacuating the high school students and staff to another facility.
Police are investigating the threat and will conduct a sweep of the high school. Sniffing dogs are being brought in to help, Lows said.
Parents have been notified of the situation through the school’s messaging system. No decision has been made on a potential early dismissal Monday. Parents and guardians should keep their phone or email accessible for updates on the situation.
This is the second threat in six days that has caused worries at the high school in Aurora. Last week, a 19-year-old man was arrested after allegedly sending messages threatening violence at the school. That led to heightened security at the school last Wednesday.