Lindbergh District evacuates Sperreng Middle School for threat

UPDATE:  Police have determined that there is no threat.  Students have returned to class.  Dismissal will happen at the regular time following normal procedures. 

ST. LOUIS, MO — A Facebook post from Lindbergh Schools says that police are investigating a threat on campus. All students and staff have evacuated the Sperreng Middle School building. St. Louis County Police canine units are conducting a search of the building. They became aware of the threat at around noon Thursday.

This is the note that Lindbergh Schools posted to Facebook:

“St. Louis County Police are on scene at Sperreng this afternoon investigating a report of a threat inside the building. All students and staff have safely evacuated the building. We are asking that parents please do not drive to Sperreng to pick up your children while police are on scene. Parents, please check your voicemail for additional details from Lindbergh Schools. We will continue to send phone calls to Sperreng parents and post updates at go.lindberghschools.ws as they become available.”

The school released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

Dear Sperreng Parents and Guardians,

I am writing this afternoon to provide an update about the situation that took place at Sperreng Middle School earlier today. Thankfully, our students and staff were never in any danger and St. Louis County Police responded immediately to ensure that our building is safe and secure. Even so, we take any threat extremely seriously, and it is always important for us to be open and transparent, and share all of the information that we can.

Just before noon, a typed bomb threat was discovered in the Sperreng boys locker room. Upon discovery of the note, all students and staff were safely evacuated to the back fields. They remained outside while police conducted a thorough search of the building. This action was taken in an abundance of caution while police conducted a thorough investigation of the school, and ultimately confirmed that there was never any actual threat in the building.

I would like to thank our outstanding teachers and staff for responding in a calm, professional manner and ensuring that all students were safe and supervised this afternoon. I am proud of our students. They did a great job, showed much patience and followed directions the entire afternoon. We also are very thankful to South Side Church of God for opening their doors to us and providing students and staff with a cool, safe place to rest while police conduct their search. Our Lindbergh Facilities department provided bottled water, and Dierberg’s provided hundreds of popsicles, which were delivered by StepUp. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the evacuation and the immediate priority placed on ensuring safety of all students, eighth-grade students did not eat lunch today. We apologize for this.

At this time, we do not have any reason to believe this threat was credible, and law enforcement has assured us that it is safe for students and staff to attend school on Friday as regularly scheduled. However, we will have additional security presence on campus tomorrow as a precaution.

Keeping Sperreng students safe is our greatest responsibility as educators, and it is something we take very seriously. Thank you for trusting your students to our care, and for your patience and understanding today as we responded to ensure that all of our Sperreng community stayed safe.

Please contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mark Eggers, Principal