ELKO — A package that caused alarm Tuesday morning at Adobe Middle School turned out to be some supplies to install a curtain.
Staff and students at Adobe Middle School were evacuated as a precaution after the school received a suspicious package through the mail.
Colby Corbitt, the principal at Adobe, said the package was suspicious because of how it was addressed — the label said only “Adobe” rather than “Adobe Middle School.” When staff looked up the company that had supposedly sent the package, they were unable to find it online. The school contacted the police department at 10 a.m.
“The administration contacted the local PD, who responded and recommended to go ahead and evacuate,” said Assistant Superintendent Mike Smith.
Students were evacuated to the field behind the school, and then to the Performance Athletic Club off Mountain City Highway on Sage Crest Drive. This was done according to the school’s crisis plan.
“We’re erring on the side of caution,” Elko Police Chief Ben Reed said. “All agencies are trying to (ensure) the safety of the children.”
Elko Police Lt. Ty Trouten said when police got a look inside the package it contained cables, pulleys and items that slid on to hold a curtain. One part was from IKEA, Trouten said.
The receipt inside the package said the company’s name was Total Recall, which claimed to be “Europe’s CD/vinyl music provider.” However, the package did not have anything that looked like it would be produced by a music provider, Trouten said.
“It doesn’t appear at this point that it was anything the school ordered,” Smith said.
The mystery continued when police looked at the return address with a person’s name, not a company, to a location in Germany.
“We’re very thankful this just turned out to be a non-chemical and non-explosive device,” Trouten said.
Corbitt said the evacuation was smooth and wanted to thank PAC for the use of its facility and the cooperation of the gym’s staff. He also said the parents were patient and understanding.
“We’re always better safe than sorry,” Smith said. “... When it comes to student safety, we always err on the side of caution.”
The school district sent out a phone call to parents at about 10:20 a.m. and parents picked up their children at the PAC. Remaining students were bused home.
Trouten praised the school’s quick action and said the evacuation went well. He was impressed with how quickly the parents were notified and how fast the response was.
Smith said the school was closed for the rest of the day on Tuesday. Police have cleared the school and classes resumed Wednesday at the regular time.