WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Students and faculty at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat was called into the school.
City police said they received an automated messaged at 11:59 a.m. that directed “multiple and immediate threats” towards the school, including a planted explosive inside the building.
Police immediately responded to the school off West Shore Road to assess the validity of the threats, secure the scene and assist faculty with the evacuation.
The students were escorted to nearby Mickey Stevens Arena, where rescue personnel, mental health staff, and police officers were on hand. Bus pick-up was re-routed to the arena and students were sent home early.
Police swept the school and deemed it safe for re-entry. No threats were identified and no injuries were reported.
The school department sent out an automated call to inform parents of the situation.
The school is scheduled to open as normal on Thursday morning.
The incident remains under investigation.
Eyewitness News uses extreme caution when reporting on threats against schools, weighing the potential for copycat crimes and your need to know what’s happening at schools and what’s being done to keep students safe.
In Rhode Island, police tell us making a threat is a serious crime that could lead to as many as 10 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
Massachusetts State Police have told us calling in a fake threat is punishable by as much as 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $50,000, or both.