The Ottumwa Courier

April 17, 2013

Bomb threat locks down Fairfield school

By MARK NEWMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — FAIRFIELD — A threat found at school was serious enough to get the authorities involved.

On Tuesday, the Fairfield Police Department was advised of a bomb threat discovered in the girls’ bathroom at Fairfield Middle School.

Police requested an explosive detection dog from the University of Iowa Police Department. The bomb-sniffing dog did not find explosives.

A posting on the school website Tuesday said, “We will be working closely with law enforcement to ensure safety of all staff and students and will take proper precaution during the evaluation.”

The school was deemed clear of dangerous devices.

“At no time were any students, faculty or staff in danger,” said a release from the Fairfield Police Department.

They went on to say that school officials did the right thing by calling the authorities.

Fairfield police and the school district placed the building on lock down. In the past, some bomb threats have been used to get the school population rushing out the front doors so that those who mean them harm have easy access to them.

Lt. Colin Smith of the FPD said evidence indicates that the writer was not connected to, nor was it influenced by, the bombing in Boston.

Students or citizens who can help shed light on this threat or the reasons for it are asked to call Smith at 641-472-4146.