Suspicious package given all clear outside Barron Trump's UWS school
"There was no word ‘drill’… We start seeing Snapchats from people saying there was a bomb threat," a student at the school said.
Authorities cleared a suspicious package in a truck parked outside an Upper West Side grammar school where Barron Trump, son of President Donald Trump, is a student, according to reports.
The call reached police around 10 a.m. on Monday after school administrators and passersby spotted a 1993 Chevrolet K-1500 pickup truck with Indiana plates parked outside Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School on West 93rd Street near Central Park West, the New York Daily News reported.
The green military-style bag was inside the truck.
The school was locked down, 93rd Street and Central Park West between 92nd and 94th streets were shut down and the NYPD’s Bomb Squad was called in.
“My teacher had no clue what was going on but he was just saying, ‘Be quiet,’” a senior who asked to remain unnamed told the Daily News.
“These two girls that were next to me were pretty scared because they were getting Snapchats from their friends saying there was a bomb threat, and one girl was crying.
“The teacher was calming her down saying, ‘We're safe, just wait it out.’”
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The student told the Daily News that during drills, students practiced turning classroom lights off, hiding under tables or in corners and staying quiet.
“But this time, when [the principal] said it, she didn't say ‘We’re going under lockdown drill.’ There was no word ‘drill’… We start seeing Snapchats from people saying there was a bomb threat,” the student continued. “What I heard was that there was some type of military bag in the truck.”
With Secret Service agents standing outside the school, the bomb squad called the all-clear about 45 minutes after the initial call. The truck was towed away and police located the owner of the truck,CBS2 reported.
It is not immediately known if the youngest Trump was in school at the time, according to reports.