For the second time in the past week, North Clay Middle School officials discovered a bomb threat written on a restroom door at the school late Wednesday morning.
"It is very frustrating, not only for administration, law enforcement and students, but for parents and the community in general," Superintendent Dan Schroeder said.
According to a press release issued on the Clay Community Schools' website, the threat did not involve any individual, groups, or mention a specific date, time or location.
School officials contacted and worked with members of the Indiana State Police and Clay County Sheriff's Department to perform a security sweep of the building, but found nothing suspicious.
Students were not evacuated from the building. They remained in classrooms during the initial security sweep, and officers did not find anything suspicious during a second sweep of the school shortly after 3:30 p.m.
According to school policy, a student issuing threats in this manner can face a maximum penalty of expulsion from school and the potential for legal charges.
"We have to treat every threat as a viable one," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "(Each time) we go out and make sure, with the staff and administration, to gauge if a threat is viable. It really is a disruption to the students' education. It causes an unnecessary drain of resources, but really effects the students in the learning process."
Officers will be at the school when students arrive for class Thursday to ensure increased security at the facility.
Schroeder said, that if he were a student, he would rather be in the classroom than sitting in the gym for more than an hour like NCMS students had to do for the Jan. 16 bomb threat.
NCMS Principal Jeff Allen has already addressed the student body about the disruption caused by bomb threats, according to Schroeder.
"We're going to be looking at additional in-house measures to lessen the frequencies of these types of incident. I don't think we'll be able to get rid of them completely," Schroeder said. "We want to talk to our folks first and get their input."