Suspicious Devices Puts CDA High School On Lockdown; Read Official Press Release
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On September 9, 2010 at 9:50am a custodian cleaning up the area around the outdoor concession stand near the north entrance to the football field at Coeur d'Alene High School, discovered what appeared to be remnants of a crudely made explosive. The custodian immediately contacted the campus School Resource Officer Steve Harris. Officer Harris responded to the area and called for additional officers. He also notified the building principal Randy Russell.
Three additional School Resource Officers and on-duty patrol officers were sent to CHS to conduct an outside, and inside sweep of the area for pre-cautionary measures. Principal Russell took all safety measures, and ordered the school into a "lockdown" status. Students were not allowed to leave classrooms, or the school building.
CHS Administration officials assisted officers in the sweep of the school grounds. Two more similar devices were located near the south entrance to the football field. Both had already been detonated.
The Police Department was able to retrieve call for service data from the previous night on September 8th at 7:39pm that showed a custodian working at CHS had heard an explosion somewhere east of the high school, and called 911. Officers responded to the general area but did not have specifics about where an explosion occurred, and did not see any evidence of one.
Detectives responded to CHS and examined the remnants that were left. All three devices are described as several rolls of red, paper cap gun tape that was wrapped together in a ball shape and held together with black electrical tape. The device possibly contained a firework inside to act as a detonator when lit. One of the devices was the size of a soccer ball. The other two devices were the size of a softball.
No damage occurred to the school grounds as a result of the explosions. No threats were made prior to the discovery of the devices, and there are no suspects at this time. SRO Harris and the high school administration are in process of reviewing video surveillance tapes for possible suspect information.
After the school grounds and building were searched Principal Russell declared the lockdown over, and students were allowed to leave their classrooms. Chief Longo offered his praise in his statement of "Coeur d'Alene Police SRO's and high school administrators train often together in various emergency scenarios. This incident was managed well by the SRO's and the CHS administrators. It caused little disruption to the school day while at the same time protecting the health and welfare of students". Officer Harris will continue his investigation into the incident.
The devices located today are not similar in design to the device found near the Fairgrounds in a briefcase on August 27th. That explosive device was a pipe bomb made with commercial grade detonators.
Anyone with information about the devices found at CHS is asked to contact the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at 769-2320.
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