Updated: Students being allowed to leave after suspicious package triggers evacuation at Pine View High School

ST. GEORGE — Pine View High School was evacuated early afternoon Monday after a suspicious package was found on school grounds.

UPDATE March 5, 2:35 p.m. At approximately 2:15 p.m., students were given permission to leave school grounds if they normally walk or are picked up. The Washington County School District website has a notice that parents should pick up students at the “SOUTH Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot” 2957 E 850 North. Buses will operate at the normal time.

Law enforcement at Pine View High School following an evacuation as the result of a suspicious package found on school grounds, St. George, Utah, March 5, 2017 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

Several parents of Pine View students told St. George News that their children had messaged them saying they heard a backpack was found that was “smoking.”

David Whalen, a grandparent of Pine View students, said he was told by his grandsons that a student set a backpack on fire and reported explosives were in it.

“My grandsons reported the backpack, and the student evacuated with the whole school,” Whalen told St. George News. “Police arrested the student while they were on the field.”

Student escorted off the football field at Pine View High School after the school was evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious package, St. George, Utah, March 5, 2018 | Photo sent to St. George News

While there has not been confirmation of an arrest, witnesses reported seeing a student escorted off the field by law enforcement, and a reporter from St. George News saw a bomb robot on the scene.

St. George News attempted to contact Washington County School District but were told it was a police issue and to contact law enforcement for comment.

Parents are being asked not to pick up students early and that they will be released at the normal time. Buses will be operating as normal.

Juveniles arrested are presumed innocent until adjudicated otherwise in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

This is a developing story.

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St. George News reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this story.

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  • comments March 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Stuff like this is much FUNNER for them than doing desperately needed traffic policing. No glory, heroics or fame in traffic policing I suppose.

    • Striker4 March 6, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Yeah they should be following you around

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