|A police robot checks out the suspicious backpack at AHS [photo from WTTG Morning News]|
According to news reports, there were lots of complaints from parents and students about how the situation was handled, and WUSA reported there were fights on one of the buses where students where detained for hours this morning. Eighty-eight percent of students who responded to an online poll by the A-Blast said they were not satisfied with the way FCPS communicated with students and parents during the bomb threat.
Annandale High School students are back in class after police finished a sweep of the building following a bomb threat that had been called into the Channel 7 TV station at 4:35 a.m.
Police responded with “multiple assets,” including bomb sniffing dogs and robots, said police spokesperson Bud Walker. A suspicious backpack was found outside the school and was removed.
Initially, students were held on their school buses at an offsite location during the investigation, said FCPS spokesperson John Torre. They were later held in the cafeteria and gymnasium while police finished the investigation. The Annandale A-Blast reported the buses were diverted to Braddock Elementary School, while students and teachers already at the school were taken to the Heritage Shopping Center parking lot.
The bus delay at Annandale HS also meant the buses couldn’t make their other rounds to pick up students for the other schools in the Annandale pyramid. That meant delays for these schools: Annandale Terrace, Bren Mar Park, Columbia, Holmes, North Springfield, Weyanoke, Braddock, Beech Tree, Belvedere, Bryant, Camelot, Canterbury Woods, Fairhill, Little Run, Parklawn, Pine Spring, Sleepy Hollow, and Poe.
FCPS announced at 11:57 a.m. that the feeder buses have resumed normal operations.