Officials at Washington High and Junior High Schools were forced to evacuate students after discovering a bomb threat made against the school.

School officials say the schools were emptied at about 1:40 pm yesterday afternoon after a threatening note was found. The note stated that there was a bomb in the building and it was set to explode. Washington Police were contacted and chief Mike Healy says they decided to evacuate everyone as a safety measure.

High school students were evacuated to the Washington National Guard Armory while junior high students were taken to North Elementary. Sports practices and all other extracurricular activities at the junior high school were cancelled yesterday and high school girls volleyball and soccer matches were also cancelled. Parents were contacted to come and get their students.

Parents lined up outside of the school buildings to sign out their child and take them home while those riding the buses awaited their normal dismissal time. Washington Police went through the buildings to be sure that everything was safe and bomb sniffing dogs were brought in to go through both buildings.

Washington School superintendent Dan Roach says schools have to be cautious in this day and age about any sort of threat that is made. He says this incident is unfortunate in light of a good start to the school year up to this point.