A suspicious package containing white powder led to a school evacuation.
According to Lt. Scott Moore of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday April 10, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call that Mt. Juliet High School had received a suspicious package.
The package arrived from Nevada and contained an unidentified white powder substance. The school is located just outside of the city limits, so Wilson County EMA and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office handled the situation. “It was a very rapid quick response, in situations like this our number one goal is to evacuate the school and ensure everyone’s safety” Moore said, “it can be isolated to one area of the school, but if it gets into the ventilation system it could be spread throughout the whole school.”
Students and staff were immediately evacuated and classes were dismissed for the day, while hazmat teams continued their investigation of the scene. The package has been sent off for further testing.
No injuries have been reported, although an MJHS employee who came in contact with the substance reported some skin irritation. Anyone who came in contact with the substance was taken to a local hospital to be examined as a precautionary measure.
The school was cleared for classes to resume their normal schedules on Tuesday.