Shortly before dismissal on Tuesday, February 24, a bomb threat was discovered on a bathroom wall at Butler High School. Vandalia-Butler City schools immediately contacted the police and quickly evacuated students as a precautionary measure.
The police department brought in bomb-sniffing dogs from four area law enforcement agencies to sweep the school. No evidence of a bomb was discovered.
“There is no evidence that this was a credible threat, and I am confident that student safety is not at risk,” said Superintendent Brad Neavin. “I’d like to thank our first responders for their immediate and thorough response, and our staff and students for calmly and efficiently following the protocols we have in place for emergency evacuations.”
Butler High School will be open as scheduled on February 25. Neavin noted that school counselors will be on hand if students need assistance.
“Student safety is paramount at our district, and any threat to student safety is addressed immediately,” said Neavin. “Over the next several days, we are going to remind our students about the gravity of making threats and the resources that are available to them should they need assistance, an outlet or just someone to talk to.”
A School Safety Community Meeting has been scheduled for March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater. District administrators will share more information about steps that are being taken to reinforce student safety.