Idaho school districts, police respond to statewide email 'threat'
Several Idaho school districts are responding to an apparent email hoax that's making the rounds.
Meridian Police told CBS 2 News there's an email going around claiming to have bombs planted across the state. It's been shared in other states as well, Meridian PD said.
The West Ada School District released an email to parents after being notified by police on Wednesday. The deadline for detonation has long passed, the letter states.
"The credibility of the threat was not verified and no additional information was provided," police said in the West Ada District letter. "As law enforcement, we often receive these types of bulletins – it’s our job to filter the information.”
The Gooding School District said it performed a perimeter check at its schools.
"We deemed that the threat was not credible to our school, but always find it best to err on the side of caution," the district said on Facebook.
Nampa Schools told CBS 2 News that officers stepped up presence at schools despite the threat not being credible.
Caldwell School District told us they were notified by their SRO Wednesday morning, who told them the situation was being monitored.
Payette School District says local law enforcement responded with increased presence and searched school facilities as a precaution.
Parma and Mountain Home School Districts were not aware of the threats, administrators told CBS 2 News.
In response to the way each district treated this threat, a spokesman with the Idaho State Department of Education tells CBS 2 that Idaho is a local-control state. What works for one district doesn't work for another, so they prefer to let the districts handle things on a more local level.