Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Discovery Canyon Campus evacuated after bomb threat

By Daniel Chacon and Andrea Sinclair Published: September 4, 2013

About 2,600 students and staff at Discovery Canyon Campus in Academy School District 20 were sent home early Wednesday after a bomb threat that turned out to be false.

The district received an anonymous tip through the "Safe to Tell" phone line at 11:24 a.m. about a bomb threat on campus, prompting an evacuation of students from preschool to 12th grade.

Students were bused to nearby New Life Church to be picked up by their parents. The church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, is a designated reunification site, district spokeswoman Nanette Anderson said

"Because it's three separate schools on one campus, it didn't seem prudent to keep students outside while doing a sweep of the buildings by the Colorado Springs Police Department," Anderson said.

"The decision was made in collaboration with the police department to take all the students to New Life Church for reunification with their parents," she said.

The police department's bomb squad spent about four hours searching all the buildings on campus and didn't turn up any explosives.

"It's apparently a false report," Anderson said. "We take that very seriously and that will be investigated by the police department."

Anderson said "there's always a concern" of copycat reports.

"But we have to focus on the safety of students," she said.

Moving students off a campus, especially one the size of Discovery Canyon, is challenging, Anderson said.

"I have to commend the patience of the parents in this case," she said. "The students were orderly, and our DCC staff made sure that they were always supervising students, that students always knew that their teachers and staff members were with them."

Anderson said classes will resume at their normal time Thursday.

The campus in far north Colorado Springs has 23 preschool students, 499 elementary students, 874 middle school students, 1,015 high school students and more than 200 staff members, Anderson said.

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Contact Daniel J. Chacon 476-1623

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