Washington Elementary temporarily evacuated Wednesday due to bomb threat
For the second time this week, a Rochester elementary school was evacuated after receiving an automated recording of a bomb threat.
On Wednesday morning, that school was Washington Elementary. Rochester Public Schools notified parents of the evacuation around 10:15 a.m. using its Skylert family message systems, as well as its Facebook page.
Shortly before 10 am today Washington Elementary received a bomb threat. The bomb threat was an automated recording and was received on the main office phone. Rochester Police Department (RPD) is currently on sight investigating the threat. Washington is currently evacuated while RPD is assessing the situation. Washington students and staff are currently at John Marshall High School.
About 20 minutes later, Rochester police issued the all clear for students and staff to return to Washington. "RPD determined there is no threat to Washington and the building is safe," the district wrote on Facebook.
On Monday, Franklin Elementary evacuated after receiving a similar threat. Authorities said Franklin was one of dozens of schools across the country to receive the message, an electronic recording sent from a computer.
RPD has been in contact with the FBI regarding the threats. However, according to NBC News, none of the threats have been found to be credible.
(Cover graphic: The Med City Beat)