WAUKEE, Iowa — The all-clear has been given after a bomb threat was called in to Waukee Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

WHO 13 first learned of authorities dispatching to the scene around 1:30 p.m. Police and emergency vehicles were seen coming and going from the school for about an hour. This afternoon the district released details after the situation was cleared. Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck released a statement reading:

“Today at 1:15 p.m. a bomb threat was called into Waukee Elementary. The Waukee Police and Fire Department responded immediately and evacuated the students and staff. First and foremost, all of the staff and students are safe and have been reunited with their families. The building has been searched multiple times by Waukee Police and Fire, and there were no unusual or suspicious items found. 

This is the best case scenario and we want to thank our families and staff for your patience and cooperation. A big shout out to our students for handling this situation so well.”

Earlier in the day this message was sent to parents:

“Today at 1:15pm a bomb threat was called in Waukee Elementary. Waukee Police Department responded and cleared the building. All students are currently exited from the building and loaded onto busses. We will update you as soon as we know more information. Please do not come to the school.”

A short time later another text message went out to parents, this one telling them that nothing suspicious was found by authorities:

“The building has been searched by Waukee Police and Fire and no unusual or suspicious items were found. At this time all students and staff are relocating (to a safe location).”