Update: East Hampton High School Students Return to Class


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Students and teachers made their way back into East Hampton High School on Monday morning after a written threat found on a bathroom mirror had caused the district to evacuate the building two hours earlier. Photo by Michael Heller. 

All East Hampton High School students were allowed to return to their classrooms by approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning after a threat found on a bathroom mirror prompted school district officials to order the evacuation of the building around 8:30 a.m.

Students were allowed to return after district officials and police searched the building.

East Hampton Town Police Captain Chris Anderson said police were notified at 8:38 a.m. He would not comment on the nature of the threat other than to say “it was very non-specific” in nature.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. all freshmen and sophomores were allowed back in the building, while juniors and seniors were sent to the cafeteria to be searched.

The East Hampton School District announced the evacuation of the high school Wednesday morning. According to a message posted on the district website and sent out via an automated telephone call, students were ordered out of the high school as a precautionary measure because of a message that was found on a bathroom mirror.

“The threat does not appear to be credible,” the district stated on its website, adding that East Hampton Town Police are on the scene and that the district “will always err on the side of safety.”