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PMHS and PMS get all clear from county bomb squad after emailed threat forces evacuation and early dismissal

The Westchester County Bomb Squad assisted by a K9 unit found no explosives and no credible threat on the Pelham middle and high school campus following a bomb threat Monday afternoon that forced the evacuation of the buildings and cancellation of classes.

The threat was received by a teacher via email early in the afternoon, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ said in a 3:22 p.m. email.

“Police are actively investigating this incident,” Champ said. But she added it was likely the email was a hoax—referred to as swatting—like those that have emptied school buildings in the Hudson Valley and around the country.

“Westchester County Real Time Crime Center and the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services have been monitoring these types of incidents, which are believed to be non-credible,” Champ said. “These incidents are increasingly common for schools locally and across the country. While the vast majority of these swatting threats are found to be non-credible, it is important that we take them seriously.”

Students can pick up their belongings from the schools Monday by entering the main entrances until 6 p.m. If they cannot, they should gather their things Tuesday morning before first period.

“Once again, I want to reiterate that our schools have been determined to be safe, and we look forward to having a normal school day tomorrow and closing out the short week with our planned 12 p.m. dismissal on Wednesday,” said Champ.


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Gabby Ahitow is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She has been with the paper since it first started in 2018. Gabby has written for the Colonial Times, News of Pelham, PMS Post, and The Pel Mel. Besides writing, she plays the violin, soccer, and lacrosse for the high school, and participates in various clubs. She sails competitively outside of school. The Pelham Examiner has taught her so much and she looks forward to growing with the paper.

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