School begins late at Sunray Elementary in Pasco after bomb threat

Published Jan. 20, 2016

HOLIDAY — Students at Sunray Elementary arrived at school Tuesday morning to find the building locked down because of a bomb threat.

Someone left a voice mail at the school about 3:30 p.m. Monday, said Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melanie Snow, though nobody was in the building because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When staff members heard the message about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, they called the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies evacuated the few staff members who were in the building and diverted arriving school buses to an adjacent Publix parking, Snow said. Parents who were dropping their kids off were redirected to nearby Gulf Trace Elementary School.

Detectives swept the building and found no evidence of a bomb, Snow said. The building was cleared by 10 a.m., and students were allowed inside.

Snow said there were no leads as of Tuesday morning, and because the person who threatened the school did so over voice mail, detectives would have to review phone records.

It was the second bomb threat in as many days involving a Pasco school. Deputies arrested a 14-year-old boy Monday after he allegedly posted a threat on Instagram that something would happen at Pine View Middle School in Land O'Lakes on Tuesday morning.