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Police Clueless About Who Phoned In Bomb Threats To CHS, Home Depot


MID-ISLAND — A hoax bomb threat temporarily closed St. Croix’s Central High School just before classes were set to begin on Wednesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police said the adminstrative staff at CHS received a phone call at 7:53 a.m. on Wednesday from a man who said only that it was a threat, but did not also say that there was a bomb.

“This is a bomb threat and everyone has ten minutes to get out the school,” the unidentified caller said, according to the VIPD.

All staff and students were moved to the football field as a precaution by police.

K9 officers with the bomb-sniffing dogs combed the Estate Kingshill campus with the help of the special operations response team.

The entire school campus including the gymnasium was checked cleared within minutes.

Once the CHS campus was deemed secure by authorities who found no explosives or devices, students and teachers were allowed to return to their classrooms.

There was no official comment about the incident from Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum or the Department of Education.

On May 20, a bomb hoax cleared out Home Depot on St. Croix and kept customers and staff outside for at least two hours.

A second such bomb hoax occurred at the store eight months earlier on September 11, 2015.

Several years ago the son of a prominent Christiansted attorney was arrested for allegedly using his cell phone to make a bomb threat against to the then HOVENSA oil refinery on St. Croix.

More recently, police and federal authorities have failed to arrest anyone for an increasing number of bomb threats.

School officials have not said whether the school’s telephones are equipped with caller ID.

There has never been an incident of terrorism in the territory, either foreign or domestic, according to the CIA World Fact Book.

The Virgin Islands is the only place in the United States never to have had such an incident, the fact book states.

In 1978, Puerto Rican domestic terrorists attempted to blow up a telecommunications tower after two activists were murdered.

The unsolved crimes were the subject of a 1990 film starring Kevin Spacey, Lou Diamond Phillips, Andy Garcia, Robert Duvall and Amy Irving.

On March 1, 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists injured five members of the U.S. Congress when they began firing a Luger pistol at them.

Local authorities have also never discovered a homemade nefarious incendiary device in the Virgin Islands.

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Members of the Capitol Police held the Puerto Rican nationalists Lolita Lebron, Rafael Miranda and Andres Cordero as they were taken into custody on March 1, 1954, after a shooting from a House gallery.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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