It was a cold day in February when authorities raced to the New Gulph Children's Center in Radnor and evacuated the building after a bomb threat was texted to the school.
Now Radnor police have charged school employee Alexis Steed with risking a catastrophe, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and endangering the welfare of children after 30 kids, staff and administrators had to be evacuated, then sent home. No bomb was found.
Police brought in bomb sniffing dogs and the bomb squad. Investigators now say Steed and a second employee concocted the bomb threat scheme after problems at the school. Then they used some high tech tricks and a third person to try and cover their tracks.
The suspects allegedly used a social media app to disguise the text message sent to the school containing the bomb threat.
The ordeal left neighbors, like Jim Greene at Ithan's Market, concerned about why anyone would resort to a bomb threat at a school which local students attend.
The school has since shut down, but authorities are continuing their search for the second employee.