Stone Bridge High School was cleared by law enforcement authorities as of 3:25 p.m. today. Students and staff were evacuated after a report of a bomb threat.
The students were transported to Riverside High School in Lansdowne while the school campus was searched by law enforcement.
Loudoun County Public Schools released this statement about student dismissal:
“Because of transportation constraints, students will be dismissed from Riverside High School. Student drivers and walkers will be returned to Stone Bridge by shuttle bus. Stone Bridge will remain open until 6 p.m. for anyone needing to retrieve belongings.”
There may be delays in students’ arrival home. Students are asked to check Google Assignments for expectations for when school resumes.
Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, said at 2 p.m. that the high school received the threat “a short time ago.” He did not specify how the threat was made. The sheriff’s office worked with the school system to determine the credibility of the threat.
Police dogs searched the campus, including inside the building and throughout the parking lot.
“Loudoun County Public Schools has asked that parents do not respond to the school at this time. All students are accounted for and are safe,” he said. “More details will be released as they become available.”
This was the second threat at a Loudoun public high school in the past week. On Thursday, a threat was made to Loudoun County High School via Twitter. In that case, classes continued as normal through the day, although there was an increased police presence on campus. The investigation is ongoing, according to a Leesburg Police Department spokesman.