A bomb threat yesterday resulted in early dismissal for New Castle Junior-Senior High School students.

The threat came from outside the school building, according to New Castle Fire Chief Tom Bulisco.

“A young kid on a cell phone called the 911 Center at 11:57 a.m. and said ‘The school will blow up,’” Bulisco said.

With temperatures hovering at 32 degrees and a mix of snow and rain falling, the students were not evacuated from the building. Rather, they remained inside and were excused room by room to their personal vehicles and school buses, which arrived about 25 minutes later. They were not permitted to return to their lockers for coats, books or bookbags, Bulisco said.

He said the fire department, police and school administrators are meeting to determine how future threats will be handled, and parents will be informed of policy changes.

“This was not considered a very credible threat since they knew that it was made by a young kid,” Bulisco said. “but our policy requires us to take all threats seriously.

“We don’t want to take the chance that something will happen,” he said, but explained that repeated threats disrupt the school day, tie up police and fire departments and cost the bus company money.

“We want to do what is best for the kids but if they keep crying ‘wolf,’ the day will come when a real situation will happen and no one will respond,” Bulisco said.

Following previous threats, students were evacuated to outside the school where they waited for almost two hours for police, firemen and bomb-sniffing dogs to search the building.

The police and fire departments yesterday cleared at 1:42 p.m.

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