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Bomb threat forces Central Valley evacuation

School officials cancel classes for the day

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - School will be back in session Thursday at Central Valley High School after a bomb threat scrawled onto a bathroom wall forced the evacuation of the campus and cancellation of classes Wednesday.

The threat was founded written on the wall in the girls bathroom around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Law enforcement followed standard protocol and searched the entire school but didn't find anything inside.

The first day of spring brought a lot more than rain to Central Valley.

"Everyone is saying there is a bomb threat and I started freaking out and looking for my friends, making sure they were all safe<" student Caroline Gile said.

Central Valley bomb threat

"It was very chaotic, it was rainy, it was cold, we didn't know what we were doing," student Ashly Krashowetz said.

The threat forced 1,900 students to evacuate. Bomb-sniffing dogs from Fairchild Air Force Base were brought in while Spokane County Sheriff's deputies searched the school for anything suspicious.

"Everyone was just scared," Gile said.

Krashowetz, a senior at CV, was one of the students who found the threat written in red sharpie in the bathroom.

"There was just this thing right in the two mirrors and it said that it is going to go off at 12 o'clock today and we are like oh what's the date today? And then it was 3/20," she said.

Students were sent to the back fields and then bused to a nearby church where parents like Amy Kunzpfeiffer rushed to pick up their kids.

"Once it settled in, yeah, panic real panic," Kunzpfeiffer said. "I thought 'Oh my gosh my daughter' and I kind of lost it and then packed up my stuff and said I was heading to the church now."

Shortly before 11 a.m. Central Valley officially called off school for the day.

"We just decided it was the safest thing, we didn't know how long it would take to clear the school, and we wanted to be very careful and cautious about safety," district spokesperson Melanie Rose said.

The next step will be to figure out who's responsible for the threat. Students have their own theories about why someone would do it.

"I think it was some girl and maybe some of her friends and they were trying to be funny and freak some person out and now they are going to pay the consequences," Caroline Gile said.

The consequences would include immediate expulsion from school if the district finds the suspect responsible for the threat.