BEDFORD, N.Y. – A report of a handwritten note with the word "bomb" on a bathroom wall caused the evacuation of Fox Lane Middle School Tuesday afternoon, Bedford Central School District officials said.
As a precaution, middle school students were relocated to the high school and parents were notified via the district's all-call alert system, according to officials.
Bedford Police and the Westchester County Bomb Squad swept the building and gave an “all-clear," permitting students to return to their classrooms, officials said.
School buses leaving Fox Lane were delayed approximately 15 minutes, which caused buses arriving at the elementary schools for dismissal to be delayed also, officials said.
School safety has been a concern following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.
The Bedford Central School District has since held a number of parent meetings on school safety since. Currently security procedures and safeguards are under review in all seven school buildings.
Fox Lane in particular has had additional safety measures put in place, including requiring visitors who have business outside of the main office to leave their identification with the safety monitor at the security desk, where it can be retrieved when they exit the building.
The middle school is also hiring additional safety monitors for the houses and common areas.