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Police: Written Threat Prompts Evacuation of Seaford Middle School

Police determine school safe early Wednesday afternoon and allow students back inside building after a threatening note was discovered in a bathroom.

Seaford Middle School students were evacuated from classrooms Wednesday morning as a precaution after a written threat was discovered in a bathroom, according to police officials. .

A spokeswoman for the Nassau County Police Department Public Information Office said the threatening note was found by an administrator at 9:35 a.m. School officials then notified police, who responded to investigate the building. 

Police said at 12:18 p.m., police determined the building to be safe and students returned back inside for classes. The nature of the written threat was not provided by police. 

Wednesday was the third time in the last 27 months that a Seaford School District building was investigated by police following written threats. On Sept. 21, 2011 and Oct. 19, 2010, Seaford High School was evacuated when bomb threats were discovered written on bathroom walls. 

Maddie's momma January 16, 2013 at 06:18 PM
This is so upsetting. Thanks to the administration, teachers, and staff at SMS for keeping our kids safe.
Maddie's momma January 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Not evacuated, here's the story from the school district: Attention Parents and Staff. This is Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy. At approximately 9 a.m. this morning a note with some threatening language was found in a student restroom at the Seaford MS. Following our safety protocol the incident was investigated by Seaford district security staff and the Nassau County Police. The MS students were sheltered in the gym and cafeteria which had first been checked for safety by the police. The police searched every room of the middle school and determined it safe at 11:30 a.m. this morning. The normal MS schedule resumed at that time. The cooperation of the middle school students and staff was outstanding throughout the course of the investigation. We thank you for speaking with your child about this incident as it is our hope that we are able to determine who is responsible so appropriate consequences can be put in place. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping us to keep all of our students and schools safe.
Anthony R January 16, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Maybe I'm crazy but if there might be a bomb INSIDE the school wouldn't it be a good idea to get the kids OUTSIDE the school
Chris Wendt January 16, 2013 at 07:59 PM
There is no mention of, nor reference to, a "bomb" or "bomb threat" at the Middle School. However, not knowing who wrote the threatening note, and therefore not having apprehended that person, the assumption that the school was "safe" was and remains unfounded. The "threat" remains in their midst.
Ralebird January 16, 2013 at 08:17 PM
"Police determined the building to be safe." Determination and assumption are not synonymous. Most of these "threats" are non-threatening.
Anthony R January 16, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Yes. The key word there is MOST
Lorraine DeVita January 16, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Well this too shall disappear into the wind as if nothing happened. No one ever publicaly states what action the district takes, while we dont need to know the who (thats confidential based on the age,) the WHAT certainly should be loudly broadcast so both students and parents understand this behavior will not be tolerated at all and that there are severe consequences .. This can not be chalked up to a stupid childish prank. If it is then it will indeed happen again and again until everyone gets the message..apparently as this has happened a few times the "message' hasnt sunk it yet.
Chris Wendt January 16, 2013 at 08:24 PM
@ ralebird re: "Determination and assumption are not synonymous." Point taken. However, by definition and regulation, all "threats" against a school are threatening. Some only threaten the good order and peaceful accomplishment of the school's mission. The writer is a provocateur who remains at large within the school environment.
GreenAndWhite January 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Oh, trust me, word will get around when the punishment is doled out. I don't think there's a need to get too public with something involving an 11-14 year old kid....you're looking to teach them a lesson, not ruin their life. This is NOT going to blow over. The police are in charge of it now, and when the culprit is determined, it's going to be more than a stern warning.
Lorraine DeVita January 17, 2013 at 01:22 AM
See thats the problem- "words gets a round"- however no "official" word will be forthcoming - unless it is clearly stated what the consequences are and will be pertaining to this its all just rumor. we have enough rumor - parents and kids need to know FACTS> As I stated the names dont have to be brought into this or released but the consequences definitely need to be loudly ,clearly & officialy broadcast to DETER another idiot kid doing something stupid. Right now everyone is assuming it WAS a MS student...
Markymark January 17, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I'm more upset this news media misrepresented that the school was evacuated when it was not. I'd like to know what was the threat and who was it directed at before I cast judgement or comment.
Andrew Coen January 17, 2013 at 02:14 AM
@Markymark- Information was provided by a police spokeswoman, who used the word "evacuate".
V January 17, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Students were reportedly put in the gym not evacuated. Andrew- I think you should dig into this one a bit more. If it was the gym, that's a terrible plan.
Markymark January 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Yes. Especially if it was a bomb threat which is what the rumors were. And even the students said why would they not evacuate us? Something is not right here on all levels!!!
V January 18, 2013 at 02:35 AM
We've got a much better chance for the patch's self appointed Heckle and Jerkle to chime in 10 more times than we do hearing from the SD.
Markymark January 18, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Maybe they said they "evacuated" the classrooms. Poor journalism. With all due respect - news 12 got it wrong too and caused a frenzy across the Island. But the school district is the one that got it really wrong by not doing the right thing by telling the whole story. Not even the parents. Now that would be a newsworthy story to report!!!!
Andrew Coen January 18, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Updated story is now posted http://wantagh.patch.com/articles/seaford-superintendent-explains-district-response-to-written-threat

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