BOISE – A bomb scare at Boise High School Thursday morning turned out to be a false alarm.
Around 1,500 students were evacuated from the school to a nearby football field as a precaution. While waiting for police to investigate the threat, students were, for the most part, smiling and joking about the situation.
However, school administrators and police weren't taking anything lightly, because hoax or not, they have to treat the situation as real.
The fire alarm went off at Boise High just before 11 a.m. Thursday.
"We thought it was a fire drill, but somebody came on the radio said we just had to evacuate the building," said Thomas Blake.
The students filed out of buildings and onto the football field in about five minutes.
"We were out fast. We do these every month, we practice every month," said Zach Noker.
"We got on the field, everything was pretty serious and somebody told us it was a bomb threat, we weren't really sure what was going on," said Thomas Blake. "A lot of us don't think it's a big deal, but it's good to take the right measures in case something did actually happen or is going to happen. It's better to be safe than sorry."
The district contacted parents, letting them know that there was a bomb threat at the school and that they could come and pick up their students.
"I'm not worried. I guess it's because we've seen so many false bomb threats. The school was really quick to evacuate and obviously the school is still standing, so I'm not worried, but I'll be fine getting my kids away from the building in any case," said Carlyn Blake.
Carlyn Blake said, for the most part, parents were not panicked either.
"I talked to a couple parents who say, 'Well, you didn't have anything to do today, right? Well, let's come and pick up our kids.' So it's been fine," said Carlyn Blake.
At Kuna High School, a similar situation and threat forced students outside and onto the school's front lawn.
Judy Bartlett got a call from her grandson letting her know about the situation.
"So I went ahead and did what any good grandma would do, I got in the car and came over to make sure he was okay," said Bartlett.
For someone who grew up in a different time - not having to worry about threats like this - scary is a word that is at the tip of the tongue when describing the situation.
"You just hear so many things on the news any more and the schools and it's just really scary, and it hurts. It hurts to know that we have to worry about our kids at school," said Bartlett.
Since Boise High allowed parents to come and check out their students, any absences today will not be counted against a student's attendance.
Boise Police say anyone with information about these incidents that leads to an arrest could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Tipsters are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.