Thompson Middle School received a bomb threat on Monday morning.

Sergeant Corey A. Huck, Public Information Officer for Newport Police Department, provided the following information;

At 0948 hours this morning the Newport Police Department received a call from Thompson Middle School stating they had just received a bomb threat against the school. The Newport Police Department immediately responded and found that the school was currently being evacuated by school staff as a precautionary measure.

The Newport Police Department immediately set up a command center and began a thorough search of the school utilizing all available personnel to include member of the patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division and the Special Response Team who were readily available due to a preplanned training day. This was done in an effort to complete the search in a timely manner to limit the disruption of the school day. The school and the grounds were searched and there was no evidence of any foul play. The Criminal Investigation Division is working diligently along with the Rhode Island State Fusion Center in an effort to identify the responsible party.

The Newport School department and the Newport Police Department are committed to keeping our schools safe and would like to reassure the public that at no time was any staff or students in any danger.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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