Bomb threat disrupts class at Campus High

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Editor’s note: This story was updated at at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

By Travis Mounts

HAYSVILLE – Friday classes at Campus High School were disrupted after district authorities became aware of a written bomb threat.

Authorities were notified at about 9:30 a.m. No bomb was found, and students were able to return to the school following an hours-long evacuation to Bethel Life Center, located a couple of miles north of Campus High.

Students were first moved outside to the football practice field before being relocated to the Bethel Life Center. Parents and guardians were allowed to pick up students at Bethel Life after following reunification procedures.

Early Friday afternoon, Haysville Public Schools notified the public that no bomb was found.

“Law Enforcement Authorities have concluded their search of Campus and have deemed it safe for students and staff. Authorities reported they found no explosive devices during their search. They have released the building back to the district, and we will begin the process of returning students to Campus soon,” the statement said.

In a separate incident, students at five different buildings were put into “secure mode” after local law enforcement notified them that a suspect in a car chase had abandoned their vehicle and was on foot in the area near 63rd Street South and West Street. In secure mode, no individuals are allowed in or out of the school.

“To our knowledge, this is not related to the incident at Campus,” the statement said.

Haysville Police Chief Jeff Whitfield release a state later Friday afternoon.

“On the morning of Sept. 9, 2022, school staff was made aware of a possible bomb threat at Campus High School, 2100 W. 55th Street South, Haysville, Sedgwick County, Kansas. The Haysville Police Department was notified of the threat immediately, and began an investigation. Officers have conducted interviews and the case continues to be investigated. As a precaution, there was an increased police presence at the school while searches were conducted. No devices were found. The school followed their protocols to keep all of the students safe,” Whitfield said. “Any cases of this nature are taken very seriously will be investigated thoroughly. The safety and security of our community and schools is our paramount concern.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Haysville Police Department at 316-529-5912.

Updated 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Statement from USD 261:

Law Enforcement Authorities have concluded their search of Campus and have deemed it safe for students and staff. Authorities reported they found no explosive devices during their search. They have released the building back to the district, and we will begin the process of returning students to Campus soon.

The district was notified by local law enforcement authorities that a suspect in a car chase abandoned their vehicle and is on foot in the area near 63rd St/West St. For this reason, Ruth Clark, Prairie, HWMS, Freeman, and HHS/Tri-City are in Secure mode, which means no individuals are allowed in or out of the school. To our knowledge, this is not related to the incident at Campus.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

Initial report:

Students and staff members were evacuated from Campus High School on Friday morning after administrators were notified of a written bomb threat.

Students were moved outside to the football practice field before being relocated to the Bethel Life Center at 3777 S. Meridian.

Parents and guardians were allowed to pick up students at Bethel Life after following reunification procedures. Officials stressed that students may not be picked up at Campus High.

Authorities were notified at about 9:30 a.m. Law enforcement is investigating the threat.

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