No bomb discovered yet at Aspen schools
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” As of 11 a.m. this morning, no bombs or other threats to public safety had been discovered at the Aspen schools, said authorities.
At 7 a.m., investigators and a bomb technician from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, along with two explosive detection dogs, reportedly began a search of the building.
Authorities began investigating the school after Superintendent Diana Sirko was notified of a written threat on the wall of a boys’ bathroom at approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday. The threat reportedly said the school would be blown up on March 6th, 2009.
Sirko immediately reported the incident to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The decision to close the Aspen School District campus was made mainly by the school board and Sirko, in concert with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release issued Friday morning.
In the release, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said it is taking the bomb threat very seriously. Sheriff Bob Braudis added that he does not subscribe to excuses of “silly kids’ stuff.”
“Armed robberies, bomb threats, etc. are a quantum leap from petty offenses,” said Braudis. “Our goal is a combination of punitive and therapeutic remedies to this serious breach of our covenants.”
The sheriff’s department urges any people with knowledge of the identity or identities of those parties responsible for the bomb threat to call Investigator Bruce Benjamin at 920-5310.
Tonight’s performance of the play South Pacific and the basketball game will not be affected by this incident, said authorities.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office will issue an updated press release at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
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