New Rochelle High School was evacuated on Wednesday, Nov. 20, after the principal’s and assistant principal’s offices rec-eived threatening phone calls, indicating the Clove Road sc-hool building would be harmed.
Shortly before noon, two phone calls were received, leading to the immediate evacuation of the school. Det. Captain Joseph Schaller of the New Rochelle Police Department sa-id the calls were anonymous and threated the safety of adults and students in the school. “The anonymous caller said that they were going to ‘blow up the place, so you better get everybody out,’” Schaller said.
A short while later, teachers and students were informed that the school was closed for the day.
Dr. Jeffery Korostoff, acting superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle, said, “The decision was made…based on safety concerns, to dismiss classes for the day.” Students with special needs were evacuated to nearby Iona College, where they awaited transportation home. All after-school programs were canceled, including the night school and adult education programs, athletic events and extracurricular activities.
Officers from the New Roc-helle Police Department inspected the school and, at 2:45p.m., determined it was safe for staff to re-enter the building.
Classes resumed Thursday at 8:30a.m. After students returned to the classrooms from which they were evacuated to retrieve personal belongings, the school day then resumed as normal.
Korostoff said the school district is working with Verizon to determine from where the phone calls were placed.
“We are very thankful that there was no actual threat. And further, we are proud of the calm and orderly manner in which our school leadership, staff and students responded to this most unfortunate and alarming situation,” he said.
Schaller said the investigation remains ongoing.
-Reporting by Katie Hoos