HFM PTECH students who stayed after school Thursday were evacuated from the building shortly before 3 p.m. after an unspecified bomb threat was made by email to the Jansen Avenue school.
Local law enforcement searched the building and determined the threat to be unfounded. According to the Associated Press, a spam email containing a bomb threat was sent to many schools, businesses and public facilities nationwide on Thursday. Authorities are now advising it appears to be a hoax.
The threat, however, was taken seriously at the time. As soon as staff was made aware of the email threat, law enforcement was notified and a lockdown initiated. That was followed shortly by evacuation.
About 50 students and staff were in the building for after-school activities at the time. After being evacuated, the students were kept safe in a bus nearby until their home district transportation arrived.
“Our students’ safety is our priority, and our staff did a wonderful job of ushering the students who were in the building to safety and quickly accounting for everyone,” Principal Mike Dardaris said. “We thank the Johnstown Police Department and HFM Regional Transportation Coordinator Terry Kersting for their quick and thorough response.”