Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation at John Marshall High School

John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota has been evacuated after a bomb threat was called in. This is the latest on the evacuation and investigation.

The Bomb Threat

Details are still coming in, but it is believed that during the morning of May 9, an anonymous bomb threat was called into John Marshall High School. Rather than take any chances, the school began to evacuate all staff and students. According to the school, as some classes were outside, students were evacuated to multiple sites. The only one that has been publicly confirmed is that, due to the rain, senior students were moved to John Adams Middle School.

In a message posted on the school’s Facebook page, before 9:30 a.m., Rochester police were already brought in to sweep the grounds for possible explosives. It also mentions that all students and faculty are safe.

A further update mentioned that a K-9 unit was used, and another bomb sniffing dog was heading to the school.

Second Incident within a Week

This is the second such incident to occur at John Marshall High School within a week. On May 3, the school underwent a soft lockdown after a student brought a BB gun into the building. The lockdown was lifted before 10:30 a.m.

A 15-year-old student was arrested. The student is also suspected of being involved in a similar incident with the same BB gun outside of school on May 1. He faced gross misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, and violating his probation. His name has not been disclosed as he is a minor.