Bomb threat evacuates Wallkill middle school

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WALLKILL - Police in Wallkill are investigating an apparent phony bomb scare that forced the evacuation of a school Thursday.

Students, faculty and staff were ordered out of Monhagen Middle School this morning after a pre-recorded bomb threat was called into the school office.

Wallkill police are investigating the case and say it was clearly a case of swatting, with a call that's hard to trace.

"The perpetrators on the crime would pre-record the message, as they did in this case, and then they send the message to a hosting site," says Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman. "In this case, it was somewhere in the Midwest."

Parents say no one notified them of the emergency.

"They just said it happened so quickly they didn't have time to call the parents," says Brenda Melendez.

District spokesman Dennis Witt says that he knew a call went out because, as a parent of a child attending the school, he got a call. However, he had no explanation as to why some parents were not notified.

He says information on the incident was on the district's website.

Wallkill police say they are following some leads, but no arrests have been made.

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