A misinterpeted phone message by a student at Forest Park High School to her mother led the parent to believe that a possible bomb threat existed at the school prompting school officials to evacuate students from the building this morning.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand’s police and fire departments, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded to the school after the report was made just before 10:30.

Authorities removed students to the Tri-County YMCA next door so law enforcement officers, firefighters and school staff could search the school, but as it turned out a full search was not necessary after officials were able to piece together a few facts.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand’s police and fire departments, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded to the school after the report was made just before 10:30.

Southeast Dubois School Superintendent Rick Allen said authorities realized a female student tried calling home from a classroom telephone. The answering machine at the student’s home switched on and, in an effort to get her mother to the phone, the student said “mom” repeatedly.

Allen said that when the mother played back the message, it sounded like her daughter was saying “bomb.”

Allen said the actions of the mother are  exactly what school officials want parents to to in such an instance.  Allen added the event could be seen as a good practice run for the corporation’s bomb threat protocol.

An all-clear was given after a total of about 45 minutes and students were allowed to return to the school’s gym where students were gathered for an assembly when the school was notified of the possible danger.