UPDATE: Leesburg School Bomb Threat Ruled Hoax

Update, 5 p.m.: Investigators have determined that today’s bomb scare at Tuscarora High School was a hoax.

The incident began shortly after 10:30 a.m. when a school staff member received a threat by email.

“We’re not sure who sent it, but that is part of the investigation,” Leesburg Police spokesman Lt. Jeff Dubé said.

The campus was evacuated and investigators spent the afternoon searching the grounds and school building. Nothing dangerous was found.

Students have been permitted to return to the school to retrieve items from their lockers.

Students evacuate Tuscarora High School this morning. (Photo by Robert Johnson)
Students evacuate Tuscarora High School this morning. (Photo by Robert Johnson)

Rumors have been shared on social media stating that a harmful device was discovered at the school, but those are untrue, according to Lt. Jeffrey A. Dubé, administrative services commander of the Leesburg Police Department.

“I have spoken with the on-scene incident commander and confirmed that there were zero devices located at Tuscarora High School. Any information being posted on social media to the contrary is false,” he said.

“The Leesburg Police Department and canine units conducted an expansive search of the Tuscarora building and grounds, no device or harmful materials were found,” Loudoun County Public Schools Supervisor of Safety and Security Suzanne Devlin stated.


Tuscarora High School in Leesburg is being searched by law enforcement officers after a bomb threat was made to the school.

The students and teachers have been moved to Heritage High School while the grounds are being searched, according to Loudoun school system Public Information Officer Wayde Byard.

“We did have a threat against the school,” he said.

Buses carrying Tuscarora High School students leave the campus in Leesburg as law enforcement officers investigate a bomb threat at the school.
Buses carrying Tuscarora High School students leave the campus in Leesburg as law enforcement officers investigate a bomb threat at the school.

He said the grounds outside the school building were searched before the students evacuated. The inside of the building is being searched with the help of personnel from the Virginia State Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Leesburg Police was notified about 10:35 a.m. about a bomb threat made to the school, according to Lt. Jeffrey A. Dubé, the department’s administrative services commander. He would not say how the threat was made or how credible it might be.

“We’re working on it right now. It is an active investigation,” he said. “The important take away is all students and staff are safe.”

Parents received this message from the school system before noon:

“Tuscarora High School has been evacuated this morning due to a bomb threat.  Prior to evacuation, the exterior grounds were checked and cleared by Law Enforcement and students were moved to the stadium. All students are safe and have now been sent to Heritage High School while law enforcement continues to assess the situation.  Students will remain at Heritage High school for the remainder of the afternoon. Pickup and release of Tuscarora students will occur at Heritage High School at the end of the school day.”

Leesburg Police Department stated that the school campus is expected to remain closed to the public until 5 p.m.

This is a developing story and more will be reported as it is learned.

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