Superintendent On GHS Bomb Threat

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As previously reported on WGEL, Bond County Unit 2 officials and Greenville Police investigated a bomb threat at Greenville High School Thursday morning.

Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson told WGEL the custodial staff found a threatening message written on the stall of a boys’ bathroom at the school. Olson said officials were able to review surveillance video to identify the student responsible for the message. Olson told us the school did not have to be evacuated. Unit 2 staff and parents of students were notified. Olson praised local law enforcement for their handling of the incident. He noted that officials tried to navigate the situation with as little impact on the learning environment as possible.

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Olson said the school was able to act quickly using additional information written on the wall, which allowed them to narrow their search to a few students, and the surveillance footage to avoid an evacuation.

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Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton told WGEL the student responsible for the bomb threat was questioned at the police department and released to a guardian. Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer will decide whether or not to pursue charges.

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