All-clear given for Goodnight Elementary School; no explosives found

Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 10:04 AM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Pueblo police have given the all-clear after searching an elementary school for explosives Thursday morning.

Goodnight Elementary in District 60 was evacuated around 8:20 a.m. after the school received a voicemail claiming bombs were in the campus drainage pipes. Police announced just before noon that the school was safe. No explosives or suspicious devices were located.

Students and staff were taken to Southwest Motors Event Center at the Colorado State Fairgrounds after the threat was called in. Parents were immediately notified and able to reunite with their children at the event center.

“Right now, our kids are completely safe inside the event center,” said District 60 spokesperson Dalton Sprouse. “Being pulled out of school can be somewhat of a shock. But ultimately, now that they know that they’re here and their parents are coming to pick them up, they’re feeling a lot better.”

Sprouse said the school has practiced for this kind of event.

“This is something we take very seriously, we’ve practiced for this type of event, and we’re seeing that come to fruition here where we’re able to execute and keep everyone as safe as possible.”

Prior to Thursday’s threat, Pueblo Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Frank Ortega said police had been receiving a series of fake calls.

“In the past couple of days, we’ve been receiving swatting calls. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s basically someone calling in false reports trying to see what response they get. I don’t know if this is related or involved with those previous ones, but we have been getting a few lately.”

Ortega has since said police have a person of interest in the Goodnight Elementary incident who might be connected with the swatting calls.

Prior to Thursday, none of the swatting calls concerned threats towards schools.

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