Washington County authorities investigating after bomb threat leads to evacuations


Washington County officials gave the all-clear Wednesday after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of all district schools and county offices. 

The Sheriff’s Office said there were threats made to all Washington County schools, including county buildings and the Sheriff’s Office.

The threat made via an email around 9 a.m. 

One parents said he’s worried not only for the students but the Washington County community. 

“There’s always worry in Washington,” said Jonathan Spruil, a parent.

Many parents were eager to pick up their children after the threat.

Most county offices closed due to the threat. 

Spruil said he received a call around 10:30 a.m. from the Washington County school district.

“They told me it was a bomb threat going on and that we had to come get the kids from the Vernon James Center from all three schools,” said Spruil.  

All Washington County schools were evacuated and students were taken to the Vernon G. James Research Center in Plymouth. 

This includes two elementary schools, two high schools and one middle school.

“I have a daughter that’s in the ninth grade and a daughter that’s in the fifth grade,” said Spruil.

Spruil was one of the many parents in line picking up his children today. 

North Carolina state troopers directed the long line of cars picking up students from the center. 

Spruil said the threat doesn’t surprise him.

“It’s a lot of stuff that goes on in this little town. It ain’t a bad town but it’s a lot of bad stuff going on,” said Spruil. 

County officials said nothing was found during the building searches. They are still investigating. 

All facilities, including schools, will be open Thursday as scheduled. 

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