Sandy Springs Police Lt. Steve Rose said on Aug. 15 that a suspicious package that caused the evacuation of Sandy Springs Ridgeview Charter School turned out to be a false alarm.
Rose said students are back in class and referred further questions to Fulton County Schools. Officials reported at around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 that the school had been evacuated and they were investigating a suspicious package.

“It was unfounded,” Rose wrote in an e-mail. “Package found. Nothing in it. Kids were back in class within an hour.”

Susan Hale, spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools, said the school did not receive any threats about the package.

“The item was found in a hallway and it was small plastic case,” she wrote in an e-mail. “The packaging was unusual enough that it caused a staff member to notice it and then alert school officials. Sandy Springs Police Department responded and the Fulton Sheriff’s Department brought in a K9 unit to further investigate.”

Lisa Hastey

This voicemail was sent out by Principal Lisa Hastey  in response to the incident.

Hello parents, this is Lisa Hastey the principal of Ridgeview Charter School. I’m calling to make you aware of the situation that’s occurring this morning. We found an unusual package in the school and because safety is our first priority we have evacuated the school. All students and staff members are safe and accounted for. Please don’t be alarmed. And please do not come to the school to get your student. We are being assisted by the Sandy Springs Police and fire personnel. Again, I’m calling to let you know that everyone is safe, and I will call you again when everyone has returned to the building. Thank you so much and have a good day.

Dan Whisenhunt

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