Bartram Trail evacuated, students sent home early

St. Johns County school reacts to bomb threat, severe weather

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Bartram Trail High School students were sent home before noon Tuesday after a bomb threat was found scribbled on a bathroom wall.

Initially, students were evacuated so the school could be searched, but with the possibility of severe weather Tuesday afternoon, the St. Johns County school district decided to dismiss school for the day.l


Students told News4Jax that this is just the latest bomb threat and it led to more inconvenience than   fear.

"It's kind of irritating after a while because I was in my calculus class and needing to focus in there," senior Nathan Howze said. "It's just gotten annoying over time to think someone would pull this over and over and over again."

    "It was a little chaotic because it was different," freshman Sophie Johnson said. "They had to assign new  buses, but I think they did a pretty good job."    

Before noon, St. Johns County sent this message to Bartram Trail parents and families:

We are currently working with law enforcement to investigate a bomb threat written in a bathroom on campus. Due to the severe weather expected, we have made the decision to end the school day. Student Drivers will be dismissed first, Buses are on the way to school and will be loaded upon their arrival and students who are Parent Pick Up will be held in auditorium until parents or family members arrive. Rest assured that your students are being cared for and we are making provisions to keep all students safe."

After the auditorium was searched by deputies and K-9s and deemed safe, some students waiting for parents to arrive were held there.

With the students gone, deputies completed a thorough search of the school and gave the all-clear.