Cordova Police Chief Kenneth Bobo said members of the Cordova Police Department responded to the school less than a minute after receiving a call from the school around 9 a.m. reporting a bomb threat that had been found inside a boys’ bathroom.
Bobo said the threat was in the form of a note in a bathroom stall, almost identical to the bomb threat found at Cordova High School Wednesday morning. While police were investigating, a second bomb threat was found inside a stall in a girls’ restroom around noon.
“The second threat was not there when we originally arrived at the school,” Bobo said.
Bankhead Principal Amber Freeman said the school went into its lockdown procedure when the original note was found. After less than an hour, police had secured the school and allowed students to return to classes.
“Students were back in class by 10:30 a.m.,” Freeman said.
Bobo said the second note was found after students had returned to class.
“We spent a good part of the day investigating the situation,” he said. “With the help of the school’s staff, we were able to make the two arrests.”
Bobo said the two students were juveniles, and he could not release their names. He also could not say which grade the students were in, but said the school houses fifth through eighth grade. He said the two were charged with making a terrorist threat.
“They will now go through the juvenile court system,” Bobo said. “After the investigation is complete, we will meet with the principal and superintendent to determine what punishment we would recommend. We will then recommend that punishment to the juvenile court and they will make a recommendation to the judge.”
Freeman said the two students will report to the Walker County Alternative School Monday.
“They will be at the alternative school for an undetermined amount of time,” she said. “They will stay there throughout the court process.”
Freeman called Friday’s incident a “copy cat” of the incident at Cordova High.
“This is serious,” she said. “Any other copy cats will be arrested as well.”
Bobo said Cordova police will not tolerate threats to schools in their area.
“Our primary concern is the safety of our schools,” he said. “We will not tolerate something like this.”
Bobo said Cordova police have identified a person of interest in the high school bomb threat and are continuing that investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the bomb threats is urged to call the Cordova Police Department at 205-483-7378.