Pittsford-Mendon High School was evacuated to the Church of the Transfiguration on Monday morning, Jan. 13. The evacuation was the result of bomb threat found on a crumpled note on the floor by a staff member.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s office was called, deputies “swept” the building, and found nothing, and deemed the threat “not credible.” The students were let back into the building by lunchtime. District Superintendent Michael Pero said the evacuation was done “out an abundance of caution.”
While at the church, Pero spoke to the students, and reminded them of the severity of the threat. According to an update on the Pittsford-Mendon High School webpage, Pero said, “When I spoke with the students earlier today at the church, I was clear about the consequences of making such a threat. That is to say, anyone disrupting school, threatening our school, or our schools’ safety, will be held to the highest accountability and consequences. This includes suspension and a police report to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.” Parents were asked NOT to come to the church to pick up students while the evacuation was in progress. Pero also thanked the church for allowing its facility’s use, as pre-planned if a bomb threat should occur.
Students were returned to the school for lunch, and continued on with the day’s activities. School was dismissed at the normal time of 2:21, and afternoon and evening activities are continuing