Today Helena police received their third bomb threat in five days. All of these threats have been directed to Helena city schools, but thankfully, an arrest has been made.
Around 8:30 this morning the Helena police department received a notice of a bomb threat for all Helena schools. Following this notice, the Helena school district announced that all grades K-12 would be evacuated and then dismissed for the day. But this is why these schools practice these situations.
"We practice drills all the time so I had staff notified," said Jefferson Elementary principal Lona Carter-Scanlon. "I got on the PA and let the staff and the kids know what was going on. They collected their coats, they go directly outside and line up. And then we escort them over here. We can evacuate the building in less than three minutes."
With two bomb threats this week requiring evacuation, teachers and faculty are very concerned as to how this will affect student's education.
"It's unsettling because of the disruption to the education process," said Carter-Scanlon. "We've now lost a day and a half of instruction with our kids. Some of our kids, they're little. These are five year olds and up. And we've worked really hard to let them know that they're safe and we will do everything we can do to keep them safe."
Students were permitted to either leave from today's bomb threat with a parent or use the busses the district sent to all of the safe zones. And after Wednesday's evacuations, today's scare made it much easier for students and parents to know exactly where to go and how to handle future situations.
The alleged caller is Cole Alan Woodruff of Dublin, California. He was arrested earlier this afternoon at his high school after admitting to calling in the bomb threats. He faces three charges of felony intimidation.