High School staff and students returned to class and district administrators were back at work by noon today after police gave the all-clear following a bomb threat there this morning.
Yorktown Police and the Westchester County Bomb Squad and K-9 unit swept the parking lots and the building itself and declared the building safe. Yorktown Police Lt. Kevin Soravilla said a written threat was found at Yorktown High School around 9 a.m. He was unable to say immediately what the threat said.
District spokeswoman Karli Wheeler said the note, which was found around 9 a.m. at the Crompond Road school, referenced an incendiary device.
“Everybody was able to return back to the high school at noon after the bomb squad arrived and performed a thorough check of every area of the high school,” Wheeler said.
The district is working with police to help apprehend the individual responsible for the threat, she added.
The school’s Building Emergency Response Team was activated, and Superintendent Ralph Napolitano sent out a voicemail and email message to notify parents of the situation. Wheeler said that system underscores the need for parents to keep students’ emergency contact information current.
The temperature was already in the mid-80s by the time of the evacuation. staff and students were sent in groups across the campus to Mildred E. Strang Middle School after attendance was taken on one of the high school’s athletic fields.
The high school also houses the district’s administrative offices.
The middle school itself was evacuated two years ago tomorrow after an obscenity scrawled on a bathroom wall was interpreted as a potential bomb threat. More than 1,100 students and staff there were moved to the high school then for more than an hour while police responded and swept the building. Nothing suspicious was found.
The high school-middle school campus is about a half-mile west of police headquarters.