Ardmore High School students, teachers and staff spent approximately three hours Wednesday in Noble Stadium due to a bomb scare.


Ardmore High School students, teachers and staff spent approximately three hours Wednesday in Noble Stadium due to a bomb scare.

 

“I’m glad no one was hurt, and everyone is safe,” Principal Bobby Upshaw said.

 

According to Cpl. Jason Qualls, Ardmore Police Department public information officer, a message was found on a bathroom wall saying the school was going to blow up today.

 

A student noticed the message on the bathroom wall and told a teacher.

 

“One thing we have found is students desire a safe school,” Upshaw said. “They will tell people in authority when they see something.”

 

From there, the police were notified and took control of the situation.

 

“Our campus resource officer, Barry Antwine was notified, and Ardmore Police Department protocol took over,” Upshaw said.

 

The campus was evacuated to Noble Stadium at about 11:30 a.m.

 

“It’s a safe distance, and they are protected from debris,” Qualls said.

 

As concerned parents arrived at the school, they were able to checkout their children.

 

“We have a safe way to let kids go with their parents,” Qualls said.

 

Shortly before 2 p.m., two Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb units, including bomb dogs, arrived on the scene.

 

“They are working alongside Ardmore police officers to make sure the school is safe,” Qualls said.

 

No device was found, and everyone returned to class at about 2:45 p.m.

 

The matter is still being investigated by police and school officials as school surveillance tape are examined and student statements are taken.