One Santa Fe student compared Friday night’s experience to a horror movie.


One Santa Fe student compared Friday night’s experience to a horror movie.

“It was like watching the ‘Unborn’ all over again,” said Sonia Schmidt.

Schmidt and her friends were at a dance when a bomb threat forced the school to be evacuated.

Students were taken from Lindley Hall to the Newton Activity Center at about 8:33 p.m. Friday.

“This is something we have to take seriously,” said Newton Police Department Lt. Craig Dunlavy. “We never know if it is credible or not. With this involving kids, we are throwing everything we have at it.”

Members of the Newton Police Department, Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Fire/EMS and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

The streets surrounding the school were closed off — parents redirected to the activity center and media directed to the parking lot behind Central National Bank at the corner of Broadway and Sixth streets.

Bomb detecting dogs from the highway patrol were brought in to begin sweeping the building while police officers began investigating where the threat originated.

A bomb had not been found at press time.

“It is a big building,” Dunlavy said. “It’s three stories with two attached buildings, and we search in a pattern with three crews — one that searches high area, one medium and one low area.”