Suspect identified in middle school bomb threat

Written threat found on Friday, no one was injured


MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

A minor stepped forward on Tuesday claiming responsibility for the bomb threat note discovered at Moscow Middle School on Friday afternoon.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the person responsible will not be identified to the public because they are a minor. The Latah County Prosecutor’s Office will handle the case.

Greg Bailey, Moscow School District superintendent, said the Moscow Middle School evacuated to the Hamilton Lowe Aquatics Center after the bomb threat was discovered in a classroom at around 1 p.m.

Parents were called and sent emails at around 2:15 p.m., he said.

Fry said police always respond to incidents like this, but the procedure for evacuations depends on the individual institution.

Bailey said the Moscow School District sets locations students and staff can go to if an incident occurs. He said the school uses a reunification system to connect students with their parents.

The other schools in the area not directly threatened used a lockout system to lock all the doors, make sure students did not leave the building and continued with the school day, he said.

Fry said the last bomb threat made against the Moscow School District happened about a year ago.

“When we have an incident like this we have to review afterward and see how we can handle it better,” Bailey said. “Students and staff did a great job of connecting back with their families.”