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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press ° April 24, 2013 + + Kyle (512) 268-5282 '2 1 1 |'hnhul'st l)r. Suile l" Kyle, TX 7864o PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Lehman students were evacuated from the high school Thursday due to a bomb threat. School officials believe the note was just a prank and students returned to class shortly after the incident. STAFF REPORT A bomb threat at Lehman High School on Thursday led school officials to evacuate the entire building while Hays County Sheriff's Office depu- ties evaluated the situation and checked the building for poten- tial explosive devices. At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Hays CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy sent a notice to the me- dia and posted the information on the district's Facebook page saying, "Lehman High School will be evacuated momentarily as a precaution because of a bomb threat. We will post more details on social media, the web, and through parent alert emails. Everyone is safe and no device of any kind has been found. Law enforcement offi- cials are on scene and in charge of the investigation." While the school district's re- sponse drew praise and ques- tions from parents, Hays CISD's use of social media to inform parents and the community about the event is a part of this ever-evolving world of quick in- teraction. Throughout the day, parents across the Lehman community weighed in on the situation with their own Facebook responses to the threat, both on the Hays CISD and Hays Free Press pages. By 3:10 p.m., Savoy posted this update: "We anticipate stu- dents and staff returning to the building shortly. We are await- ing the all clear from law en- forcement officials. Regular bus schedules are expected." Another post by Savoy min- utes later said, "Law enforce- merit officials have given the all- clear at Lehman High School. Nothing was located during their sweep of the building. Theywillcontin- ue to investigate to determine who left the note. Bus sched- uies remain nor- mal. Students and staff did an outstanding job of evacuat- ing quickly and safely." The Hays County Sheriff's Office has not confirmed that the threat came in the form of a note, though Hays CISD of- ficials posted that information on Facebook. That evening, Lehman Prin- cipal Michelle Chae sent a letter to parents about the situation. Just after 8 am. Friday morn- ing, Hays CISD's Facebook page had this post, "Here's a quick morning update: Lehman was secured last night by a team of five bomb-sniffing dogs who searched every room and clos- et beginning at 5:30 p.m. and finishing at 12:32 a.m. District security was on duty all night long monitoring the perimeter. They reported no activity on or around the campus until 6:15 this morning when the cafeteria staff began to arrive. Everyone entering the building is being searched to ensure the building remains secure today. These pre- cautionary mea- sures will allow the school day to be flee from fur- ther disruption." Commenter Pauline Herrera Brewer asked, "What about the other schools, will there be more security?" The Hays CISD response back was, "The threat note was for today. With the dog sweep tonight, plus the entry searches, there will be certainty there is nothing in the building tomor- row. We're posting confirmed information here and on our web in real time.., as soon as we get it. We have no interest in hiding anything. We all want ev- eryone safe and the person who made the threat caught." Ear. Nose Throat Clinic PH)IATRIC AND ADULT CARE Children's ENT • Ear Tube Placement • Tonsil & Adenoid Surgery • Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery • Allergy Testing • Sublingual Therapy Ear & Hearing • Chronic Ear Infections • Ruptured Ear Drum • Hearing and Balance Evaluation • Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) • Dizziness & Vertigo Allergy • Testing for Pollen, Mold, Dust & Pet Allergens • Allergy Shots Nose & Sinus • CT Sinus Scans • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery • In-office Balloon Sinuplasty Throat, Head & Neck • Sleep Apnea • Tonsil/Adenoid Surgery • Hoarseness Head & Neck Cancer • Lymph Node Evaluation & Surgery • Mouth and Throat Cancer Screening & Surgery • Salivary Gland Treatment & Surgery Thyroid and Parathyroid • Ultrasound and Needle Biopsy • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Thomas Nowlin, MD I ",%%,, I /+o % , (512) 268-5282 211 Elmhurst Dr. Suite E Kyle, TX 78640 In Go Forth Square Taylor Shepard, MD Centers Enjoy the Sounds of Life Again. of Austin Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, LLC Amber Bass, • Programming • Comprehensive Heating • Fittings Evaluations • Cleaning & Repairs • Visual Reinforcement • Tubing Changes Audiometry (VRA) • Earmolds • Otoaeoustie Emission • Custom Ear Plugs Testing (OAE) • Heating Protection • Video Nystagmography • Assistive Listening Devices (VNG) • Recasing • ImmittaneeTesting • 'Dry and Store' Kits Au.D, CCC-A Visit Us Online www.austinent.com +