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Midwood High School students evacuated after bomb threat

After about two hours, students were able to return safely to their high school. PHOTO/ Radhika Viswanathan
After about two hours, students were able to return safely to their high school. PHOTO/ Radhika Viswanathan

By Zainab Iqbal

Published: February 28th, 2017

Earlier this afternoon, students on the Brooklyn College campus saw a swarm of young teenagers crossing Bedford Avenue and congregating on the West Quad.

According to a security guard, someone had called in a bomb threat at Midwood High School.

“They kept us on the tennis courts and no one knew what was happening for the first hour until we saw it on the news,” said Sydney S., a Midwood High School sophomore. This was a common point among many other students and staff—nobody knew what was going on.

Midwood High School has a population of about 4,000 students, and the majority of them were packed in and around the Roosevelt Tennis Courts.

“At the sound of the gong, students and staff need to leave immediately,” the Midwood population was told over a loudspeaker. “Take your bags and belongings with you.” With that, everyone was let out of the building.

“We thought it was a fire drill,” said a staff member at Midwood. “Nobody’s telling us anything. We’re the nobodies.”

According to Brooklyn College security guard, “The instructors don’t want to start a panic—though everyone’s already panicking now.”

Many students and faculty heard about the bomb scare from local news.

For an hour and a half, the West Quad was packed with students calling their loved ones. But for some, that wasn’t a possibility.

“Lots of kids took their stuff, but my teacher said to leave everything in the classroom,” said Hashina Sumy, a Midwood sophomore. “I can’t call my parents, and I’m so scared.”

After two hours, students were told to go back into the building to resume their classes. The police were unable to provide any more information.

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