Bomb threat causes evacuation of Lafayette High School; scene is cleared

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Lafayette High School was evacuated Monday morning after school officials say a bomb threat was received.

Betsy Overkamp-Smith with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools tells the school was evacuated at 10:15 a.m. after a caller said there were two bombs at the school scheduled to deploy.

According to Chief Alton Catlett with James City County Fire, crews searched the school but did not find anything.  He said they did find a backpack near some bleachers outside, but it only contained clothes.

Newport News Fire was also called to assist.

Parents and guardians of students were sent the following message:

School Messenger 10:42 a.m.
LHS Families, this morning at approximately 10:15 a.m., LHS received a telephone bomb threat. Students and staff were immediately evacuated and the police department was called. Students and staff will not return to the building until a thorough search has been conducted.
School grounds are currently inaccessible to the public, and I ask you to please not come to the school. An additional announcement will be made once students and staff return to the building.
Thank you.

School officials tweeted around 12:30 p.m. that the scene was cleared and students and staff were going back into the building.