A bomb threat at the Sturgeon R-V Middle and Elementary School building the morning of Friday, March 5 caused the student body, faculty and staff to be evacuated from the building at approximately 10:10 a.m. and relocated to safe space nearby and kept under continuous staff supervision.
Law enforcement personnel from the Sturgeon, Hallsville and University of Missouri Police Departments along with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department responded and after a thorough search, including deployment of UMPD’s bomb-detecting K-9 “Brass,” determined there was no device.
“We don’t’ think it was a credible threat,” said one law enforcement officer.
Parents were told all the children were uninjured after the children were sequestered in a nearby building.
Sergeant David Kelb of the Sturgeon Police Department said there was “nothing credible other than writing on a wall.”
The message was reportedly scratched into the wall.
Once the scene was declared safe, Geoff Neill, Sturgeon R-V superintendent released the following statement.
“Today a staff member reported that the threat of a bomb had been written on a bathroom wall in the K-8 building. Out of an abundance of caution, the district went into our crisis protocol and evacuated the building. We notified the Sturgeon Police Department and Boone County Sheriff Department. After clearing the building and bringing in K-9 assistance, the sheriff’s department and the local police department determined it was safe for the students to return to the building. Our students’ safety is our number one priority. We appreciate your patience during this time.”
He also said he was grateful and appreciative of the rapid response and assistance provided by the participating departments.