Kent Island High evacuated for fire and bomb threat
STEVENSVILLE — Kent Island High School on Love Point Road was evacuated about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, after a message was found by students in a first floor girls bathroom threatening a fire and bomb at the school.
The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office found evidence of a “very small fire in the same bathroom,” Sheriff Gary Hofmann said in a written statement.
Some toilet paper had been set on fire and burned itself out, said Lt. Dale Patrick, spokesman with the sheriff’s office.
Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department was placed on standby but did not respond, said First Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Schulz.
No damage was done to the two-story brick high school, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. Damage to contents was estimated at $5.
Both fire alarm and sprinkler were present but did not activate due to the fire buring out early, the fire marshal’s report said.
With several bomb dogs available in the area, the school was quickly scanned with no evidence of any explosive device, according to the sheriff’s office said. School operations returned to normal within two hours.
“At approximately 11:26 a.m. our students re-entered KIHS Main Campus and have resumed their normal schedule. Our evacuation went very well, and our staff and students responded in an excellent fashion as always. After a complete scan of our building by the sheriff’s office, the building was declared safe. Those ninthgraders who attend class at the main campus for third period have arrived at the main campus for class as usual,” said Principal John Schrecongost in a message to parents. He thanked them for their patience and cooperation.
Kent Island High’s ninthgrade annex at Matapeake Middle School was not affected. Last school year, Kent Island High School had two bomb threats and Queen Anne’s County High had one, according to Sid Pinder, director of operations.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the bomb threat and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. Anyone with information on the bomb threat may contact the sheriff’s office at 410-758-0770. Anyone with information on the malicious burning of school property is asked to call the fire marshal’s Upper Eastern Regional Office at 410-822-7609.
Kent Island High School, seen in this file photo, was evacuated after a fire and bomb threat Tuesday morning.