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Superintendent praises response to bomb scare at Lancaster Elementary


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
June 06, 2018
LANCASTER — Last Tuesday, roughly 400 students, along with 60 staff members, were evacuated from the Lancaster Elementary School to Colonel Town after a bomb threat was called in at 10:30 a.m.

The New Hampshire Explosives Disposal Unit was on scene shortly after and investigated the premises. It is unknown at this time, if anything threatening was discovered.

Emergency crews were on scene until 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. An e-mail notification alerting families to the situation was sent out at 10:40 a.m., then again throughout the day to keep parents informed.

During the Tuesday night SAU 36 School Board meeting, Superintendent Marion Anastasia offered comment on the evacuation, stating that "It wasn't a drill, it was the real thing, and it went seamlessly, and the reason why is because we had help from everyone. Everybody just pitched in and made it happen."

Anastasia explained, "I received the call at around 10:30 a.m. from acting Principal Kerry Sheehan, and we consulted with the [Police] Chief and decided that an evacuation was in order because of the potential threat to students in school."

Students were first evacuated to the nursing home at Country Village, then busses from WW Berry were called to transport students over to Colonel Town.

"The dog unit came up as did the state police along with the local police and fire department. This happened to be at lunch time so the girls in central office called area pizza places so we had enough pizza to feed everyone," Anastasia recounted. "The fire department delivered the pizza; even the ambulance had pizza in it. It was just amazing. The teachers were amazing and everyone did what they needed to do and the kids were all calm."

Anastasia noted that students with food allergies and medical needs were properly cared for. Staff and students were allowed back into the school later that afternoon. Local emergency personnel will be in Lancaster this week discussing school safety.

A thank you was given to the Lancaster House of Pizza, Sunny's and Scorpios for providing food.

Lastly, Anastasia said, "Eddie Wood at Colonel Town was amazing. It is just a place with great neighbors, a great community and a great staff."

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