ELKHART — Concord High School students were evacuated early Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat.
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department was called to the school at 8:44 a.m. after a message containing a bomb threat was found, according to sheriff's department spokesman Capt. Jim Bradberry. The building was given the all-clear at 10:30 a.m. allowing students and staff to return inside.
According to Concord Superintendent John Trout, at 8:30 a.m. the message was found in a boys restroom stall by a school administrator. The school then followed safety protocol and evacuated all of the students to the football stadium.
Law enforcement officials, K-9 teams and the Concord Townshipo Fire Department then conducted a thorough search of the building and personal belongings.
"We are happy to report that safety protocols at Concord High School are complete and the building has been secured," Trout said in a statement. "Students and staff are returning to their normal school day. Student safety is our highest priority and we appreciate the support of our local law enforcement and school community."
Kevin McCarthy, a senior at Concord, said that the scene was chaotic when everyone was told to evacuate. Students were only told over the intercom to leave the building and head to the football stadium, but no reason was given, he said.
"They were trying to figure out what was going on," McCarthy said. "One girl freaked out, others were talking and complaining."
Students were eventually led from the football field to the gym, where students' bags were searched, according to McCarthy.
The sheriff's department is working with school officials to investigate who made the threat and will work with the school on additional safety measures, such as extra patrols in and around the school.
Anyone with information about those responsible for making the threat are encouraged to contact the department at 574-891-2300 or by leaving an anonymous tip by texting ECSDTIP411.
Those who make a false report about placing an explosive device inside of a building commit a Level 6 Felony, which is punishable up to 2 1/2 years in prison.
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