Police: Middleton High received three bomb threat calls

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 18:59:48-05

MIDDLETON — New information now on a bomb threat that prompted authorities to evacuate students from Middleton High school Wednesday morning.

According to Middleton Police Chief Alan Takeuchi the school’s front office personnel received three separate telephone calls about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, each “making a threat that there was a bomb within the school.”

Takeuchi would not reveal the exact nature of threat, citing an ongoing police investigation. “But, in talking with the front office personnel who took the calls, we believe the calls were made by the same person,” he said.

Students were evacuated to the nearby football field immediately after the calls were received.

Middleton Police Department officers, as well as deputies from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Nampa Police Department’s Bomb Detection unit were called to the scene.

Students were not allowed to leave campus while the buildings were being searched.

No explosive device was found.

Authorities also conducted sweep searches of the students’ vehicles in the parking lot, but no explosive device was found. “We wanted to make sure there were no further exterior threats,” Takeuchi stated.

“We are now in the process of tracing the origin of the phone calls,” he added.

Scheduled athletic events will be held Wednesday evening.

Normal school hours will resume Thursday.