CLASSES DISRUPTED. Students of the Surigao City National High School in Surigao City are gathered on safer grounds due to a bomb threat on Wednesday morning (Nov. 16, 2022). No bomb was found by personnel of the Surigao City Police and the Explosive and Ordnance Disposal team after a thorough search of the school premises. (Photo courtesy of RPN-DXKS Surigao)

BUTUAN CITY – A bomb threat sent through Facebook Messenger to officials and teachers disrupted classes at the Surigao City National High School (SCNHS) in Barangay San Juan, Surigao City, on Wednesday morning.

School officials, led by Arthur Jamera, immediately ordered the suspension of classes and the evacuation of the students as a safety measure.

Personnel of the local police's Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were immediately dispatched to the SCNHS to conduct a thorough search of the school premises, classrooms, and other facilities, officials said.

After hours of searches, the EOD team found no trace of any bomb inside the school premises as claimed by the sender of the warning through the messenger.

In an interview with the local media, Jamera said he received a message from a certain “Ayen Santos”, warning of an imminent bombing in the school.

“We will conduct an investigation on this and determine if the sender is also a student here at the SCNHS. We will determine the identity of the sender,” Jamera told reporters.

In the message, the sender said a bomb would be placed at the K12 Building on November 16 by an unidentified student of the school.

“The school authorities will also cooperate with the personnel of SCPS, especially on their ongoing investigation on the matter,” Jamera said.

As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students of SCNHS were still held in safer areas. (PNA)