School Cleared

Suspicious package at Adobe Middle School contained curtain hardware

2013-11-05T14:45:00Z Suspicious package at Adobe Middle School contained curtain hardware Elko Daily Free Press

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.

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(7) Comments

  1. Rogue
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    Rogue - November 09, 2013 7:46 pm
    I'm all about keeping kids safe, but when is the insanity going to stop? Where is the common sense? It's a box, in a school! I wonder how many other boxes are laying around the school?? Did they get all of them?
  2. proudmomof4
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    proudmomof4 - November 06, 2013 8:37 am
    I have kids that go to Adobe Middle school one with ADHD and he was scared to death ..when it comes to my kids they need to be safe... But i have 1 Problem.. yall are against bullying but it dont stop. So yeah im concerned the school dont do anything about it .. BUT yall what the kids safe hmmm go figure how are they safe when there sis bullying going on everyday and noone stops it
  3. Lucca7
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    Lucca7 - November 05, 2013 4:33 pm
    Please thank your daughter for being a part of the class act exhibited by all!
  4. Lucca7
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    Lucca7 - November 05, 2013 3:01 pm
    The whole episode was a class act from administration to the students. Adobe Middle School proved what an outstanding school it is today! Administration, teachers, students and parents should all be proud!
  5. Mammabear
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    Mammabear - November 05, 2013 2:12 pm
    As a parent of a student at Adobe Middle School I just want to say how great I thought the administration handled the situation. My daughter said no one was panicked and they felt safe. I received a phone call and knew where to pick up my child. I am impressed with the school, the teachers, and principals.
  6. Corbenjohnson
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    Corbenjohnson - November 05, 2013 11:29 am
    As a student of Adobe , this situation was a very scary and emotional event for the whole school. I hope that they will figure everything out and make the school safe for every student . I'm thankful though nobody got hurt .
  7. Corbenjohnson
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    Corbenjohnson - November 05, 2013 11:27 am
    As a student of Adobe , this event was a scary and emotional situation for all students and myself. I hope they figure everything out and make the school safe for their students .
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