Kent Is­land High evac­u­ated for fire and bomb threat

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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.

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