Matthews Police responded to two separate reports of bomb threats at Butler High School recently. Both anonymous threats were called in by telephone to the main office at the school, 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. No explosives were found in either incident.
Police were first called to the school Friday morning, Feb. 24. As a safety precaution, all students were evacuated because the school had been open to the community the previous night for parent-teacher conferences, Cpl. Lori Valdes said. After a thorough search of the building, students returned to class. Police were again called to the school Monday morning, Feb. 26, for a report of a bomb. The school was placed on lock down and searched. While an unattended book bag was found in a restroom, its owner was located and it was determined not to be a threat, Valdes
“Although many bomb threats are made by students seeking to disrupt the school day, the Matthews Police Department has no choice but to assume the threat is real and will treat each and every threat seriously,” Valdes said. “Parents and citizens can be assured, however, that any known or perceived threats to our schools are taken seriously and that our emergency responders are well trained for any such occurrence. Any person determined responsible for these or any such threats will be arrested.”