Harborview Elementary School was briefly evacuated Friday after a bomb threat was received at midday, according to the Juneau Police Department. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire file photo)

Harborview Elementary School was briefly evacuated Friday after a bomb threat was received at midday, according to the Juneau Police Department. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire file photo)

Harborview Elementary School briefly evacuated after bomb threat

Police say incident appears connected to other threats at Alaska schools in recent months.

Harborview Elementary School was briefly evacuated at midday Friday following a bomb threat police say appears to be connected to others made elsewhere in Alaska during the school year.

Staff at Harborview Elementary School told the Juneau Police Department the threat was made by phone at about noon, according to a JPD press release. Both the elementary school and Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé took preventative measures.

“JPD responded to the school and assisted staff with searching the building for explosive devices or threats; none were located,” the press release states. “Harborview Elementary was briefly evacuated to the back playground. JDHS briefly went into a stay-put to keep students inside the school and minimize activity outside until Harborview was cleared. After JPD cleared Harborview Elementary, both schools resumed normal activities.”

A safety update sent at 12:56 p.m. via the Juneau School District’s app stated “JPD has confirmed the phone message was sent from the number connected to the statewide threats made to communities earlier in the school year.” The JPD release states local police are working with the FBI in the case.

A dozen schools in other communities throughout Alaska received bomb threats in September. A Peruvian man was arrested later that month on suspicion of emailing such threats to more than 150 school districts, synagogues, hospitals and other locations throughout the U.S.

It was not immediately known if those cases are related to the ones referred to in the JPD press release.

• Contact Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com or (907) 957-2306.

More in News

(Juneau Empire file photo)
Aurora forecast for the week of March 4

These forecasts are courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute… Continue reading

(Micheal Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Sunday, March 3, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Issa Spatrisano, Alaska state refugee resettlement coordinator for Catholic Social Services, speaks Monday during a presentation to the Alaska Legislature. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Two years after Russia invaded Ukraine, Alaska’s refugee picture looks wildly different

Alaska has welcomed more than 1,000 refugees from Ukraine since the war began

A view of Gastineau Channel, where a second crossing between Juneau and Douglas north of the current bridge is in the evaluation stage. (City and Borough of Juneau photo)
Second Juneau-Douglas crossing to cost about $400M, be completed by 2030, in revised state transportation plan

Update also envisions Cascade ferry terminal by ‘25, safety fixes at Fred Meyer intersection by ‘26.

The State Office Building in Juneau is seen on Tuesday, Jan. 16. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska plans to ease rules on state purchases without multiple price quotes

The state of Alaska is planning to raise the maximum size of… Continue reading

Emergency response officials probe the wreckage of a simulated avalanche site during a training exercise in Lemon Creek on Saturday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Simulated disaster strikes — repeatedly — as do rescue efforts during avalanche training exercise

Staged burial of three homes implores multitude of agencies to share specialized response skills

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Saturday, March 2, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Friday, March 1, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read