Ralls County school evacuated following bomb threat

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Ralls County Sheriff's Office confirms with KHQA a bomb threat has been called into the Mark Twain Jr./Sr. High School.

A parent called KHQA to say they received a text message from the school district saying those students were being evacuated to the Elementary School's gym.

Ralls County Sheriff's Office states all students have been safely evacuated and accounted for.

The Ralls County Sheriff's office released the following statement early Monday evening:


On Monday October 2, 2017 at approximately 9:18 a.m., the Mark Twain School District was alerted by the Center Police Department of an anonymous 911 call of a bomb in the High School.

All emergency personnel were alerted to this threat at the school. Responding units made contact with the Elementary School personnel and alerted them to the situation. At this time all school personnel and students were evacuated into the gym area. Shortly thereafter the students were evacuated to the baseball field behind the elementary school.

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Office with the cooperation from the following Emergency Personnel: Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Center Police Department, Perry Police Department, Hannibal Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, New London Fire Department, Center Fire Department, New London Police Department, Ralls County Ambulance were used to secure the scene to ensure safety of all involved.

Bomb sniffing dogs were brought from Missouri Capital Police-Jefferson City, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Secretary of State-Springfield, with Fort Leonard Wood on standby.

The Schools were on lockdown for several hours until they could be cleared by thorough examination of the buildings.

Students were released to their parents or taken home by bus.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while allowing us to ensure the safety of our children. We regret that this incident may have made an impact on the children and community. We strive to prevent any situations like this from occurring in our community again. Thank you to the many who have made this bad day better! May God Bless us all.

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