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Schools in Eads receive hoax bomb threat Tuesday

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Chris Sorensen

Schools in Eads were among dozens across Colorado to receive a hoax bomb threat Tuesday morning. As many as 40 districts across the state received the emailed threat, along with some synagogues.

Numerous schools in southeast Colorado, including those in Kiowa County School District RE-1 which covers Eads and Haswell, were on a delayed start Tuesday due to impacts from blizzard conditions Monday. The school day was scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.

The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office was notified at 9:20 a.m. about the bomb threat that had been received at 9:11 a.m. Emergency responders established a perimeter around the schools. A short time later, KCSO learned that the threat was not credible, and had been made to schools across the state.

The schools in Eads were cleared, and KCSO says there is no active threat. Some schools in the state were evacuated as a precaution when threats were received.

The district cancelled classes for the day, with regular sessions set to resume Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Since the threat was not credible, extracurricular activities schedule for Tuesday afternoon were held as scheduled.

School in Eads will also be in session this Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make up for Tuesday’s missed instructional time according to a message sent to parents and caregivers by the district.

In recent months, schools across the nation have received similar hoax threats. Schools in Utah were subject to threats as recently as December.

State and federal agencies continue to investigate fake threats across the nation.