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Monday, August 08, 2022
METRO  |  CRIME

Bomb threat at Gainesville High School

ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said it is the first bomb threat in the district in months

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Gainesville High School evacuated students to the school’s baseball field after a bomb threat Monday morning.

At about 11:30 a.m., Gainesville Police Department school resource officers called for nine additional GPD officers to the school, including the University Police Department’s bomb dogs, Gainesville Police Department spokesperson Graham Glover said.

GPD officers cleared the school at about 2 p.m., Glover said. GPD did not find anything at the school and they are still investigating the threat.

ACPS was notified about the threat after the school evacuated students, Alachua County Public Schools spokesperson Jackie Johnson said.

ACPS tweeted about the threat at 11:57 a.m.

“Parents started lining up to pick up their kids right after the first tweet,” Johnson said.

At about 1 p.m., they released  students who walk, drive or ride bikes to school. They also notified school buses to come early, Johnson said.

The last recorded bomb threat at ACPS was at Eastside High School Oct. 26, Johnson said.

Last Fall, more than 18 gun and bomb threats were made in ACPS schools. At least five ACPS students have been arrested for making threats.

Contact Jiselle at jlee@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @jiselle_lee.

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Jiselle Lee

Jiselle Lee is a second-year journalism student and the East Gainesville Reporter. This is her second semester at The Alligator, and she is excited to continue her work at the Metro desk. In her spare time, she enjoys eating her way around Gainesville.


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