Bomb Threat at Cottonwood High School

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

A bomb threat at a local high school has Houston County Sheriff Deputies inspecting the campus.

Deputies stayed at the school Thursday evening, because student safety is first priority.

Which is why Cottonwood High School Administrators contacted law enforcement deputies when they received a suspicious note.

An officer with the Dothan bomb unit uses his K-9 to sniff out any suspicious items.

This, stemming from an incident early Thursday afternoon when a Cottonwood High School teacher found a bomb threat in the faculty mailbox.

“We're pretty sure this is a hoax, but we'll take all extreme measures of care," said Houston County Schools Superintendent Tim Pitchford.

The teacher found the note shortly after 2:00pm.

In less than an hour, Pitchford gathered media, and law enforcement agents to alert the public.

"We feel confident we will find out who this was and when we do we will press the full extent of the law," said Pitchford.

He says the note stated a bomb will go off Friday at 10:30am.

Once Sheriff's Deputies were notified of the threat, they immediately took action.

"Members of the Sheriff's Department will sweep the school and will stay on campus tonight to make sure no one comes on campus," said Pitchford.

School Administrators are assisting Sheriff Deputies with that sweep.

"With a bomb dog, if he detects anything with explosives that's going to be suspicious for us. For the school staff, they know if something is not ordinary for them. A certain package, or a certain book bag that's left in a certain area," said Houston County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tony Gonzalez.

Surveillance cameras at the school may help investigators get a lead on the person who wrote the note.

Once captured, the person could face stiff fines.

“Every threat, no matter how small it may sound, we at the Sheriff's office take it very seriously. We'll take it to the limit as far as investigation and prosecution," said Gonzalez.

Pitchford adds, "If I have my way, they'll never attend a Houston County School again."

“This will be classified under terroristic threats and a Class C felony. A class C felony carries a 1-10 year sentence,” said Gonzalez.

News 4 did speak with the Principal of the high school, but she declined to comment on the incident.

But, she did say school will resume tomorrow morning unless she hears otherwise from deputies.

Superintendent Pitchford says this is the first bomb threat for Houston County Schools in his 6-years as Superintendent.

Sheriff Deputies will make another sweep of the school Friday morning.


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