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Bomb threats cause evacuation of Lynchburg City Schools again

Nearly all Lynchburg City Schools have been evacuated this week due to bomb threats called in to schools on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 and Thursday, Feb, 27, 2014
Nearly all Lynchburg City Schools have been evacuated this week due to bomb threats called in to schools on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 and Thursday, Feb, 27, 2014
Sandy Wallace

A second round of bomb threats has forced the evacuation of six Lynchburg City Schools and Lynchburg General Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, according to WSET.com.

All of Lynchburg's middle schools and three elementary schools were evacuated on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, following bomb threats
Sandy Wallace

Early morning bomb threats were called in to the hospital and Lynchburg's three middle schools: Sandusky Middle School, Dunbar Middle School and Linkhorne Middle School.

In addition, bomb threats were called in Thursday to T.C. Miller Elementary School, R.S. Payne Elementary School and Dearington Elementary School the second time students were evacuated this week due to bomb threats.

The city's middle schools were not among the 11 Lynchburg City Schools evacuated following bomb threats called in on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

WSET.com reported just after 11 a.m. on Thursday that a bomb threat was also received at Sandusky Elementary School today, one of the schools which was not affected in Tuesday's bomb threats.

The Lynchburg Police Department responded to bomb threats at Dearington Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Paul Munro Elementary School, Bedford Hills Elementary School, T.C. Miller Elementary School, Sheffield Elementary School, Linkhorne Elementary School, Perrymont Elementary School, R.S. Payne Elementary School, Heritage High School and E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. on Tuesday.

Lynchburg Police Department officers conducted a thorough search of each school on Tuesday using explosive detection dogs, state police bomb teams and visual searches.

Just as during Tuesday's bomb threats, parents were not notified immediately as schools followed established evacuation procedures.

Some parents discussed Tuesday's bomb threats with their children. Other parents felt it was best not do mention the reason for the evacuations to their children, in an attempt to avoid frightening the children.

As a grandparent of a child in one of the targeted schools, I hope that the responsible person is found soon. Parents, grandparents and community members share concerns that the bomb threats may be a diversion created to cover other subversive behavior.

Two city schools have not been involved in the bomb threats this week. No threats have been reported at W.M. Bass Elementary School or Fort Hill Community School, the city's alternative school.

As police continue their investigation, very little information has been released to the public about the source of the calls or whether all calls are coming from the same phone number.