ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A bomb threat at one school in Creve Coeur caused nearby schools to take precautions. There are questions about the threat. Some are wondering if it’s related to other threats across the country, and around the world.
No bomb was found at the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, but people were worried. Karen Aroesty is regional director of the Anti-defamation League. She said, “It worries me enormously.”
It all began just after 9am Tuesday morning when someone phoned in a threat to the school.
Cheryl Maayan, the Head of School, talked about that threat, “Indicating something about a bomb and we immediately evacuated the building.” 170 students in grades kindergarten through 8th were taken to safe houses, part of the school’s crisis plan. Creve Coeur Police Captain Jon Romas said, “We approach these things knowing about current events and things going on but we handle them all the same.”
Creve Coeur and St. Louis County police arrived with two bomb sniffing dogs. They were aware of what the Anti-Defamation League knew. Regional Director Karen Aroesty said that in recent days Jewish Children’s schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana received bomb threats. She added that Monday eight schools in the United Kingdom were threatened.
Aroesty said, “I suspect there may be something connecting them. That’s the nature of international communications now. Does the Jewish community have reason to feel anxious? You bet.”
In Creve Coeur’s case the concern spread quickly. Police notified nearby schools about the bomb threat at the Jewish school. Some took precautions including Whitfield Academy. It went on lockdown. When it was time for dismissal students were told they couldn’t leave the building until they saw their parent’s car pull up.
It was an uneasy day at the Jewish Community School. Educators are pleased their crisis plan works well. Cheryl Maayan said, “We are feeling safer now in the face of emergency that we have been so prepared.”
Students were dismissed early because the search took so long.