David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.
The Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School in Doraville was evacuated in response to a bomb threat Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, but no explosives were found.
Doraville police establish a perimeter around the AJA Upper School the morning of Jan. 26 while the DeKalb County bomb squad sweeps the building and searches for explosive devices. (Photo by David R. Cohen)
Doraville police and the DeKalb County bomb squad responded to the threat, which was called in around 10 a.m. While they searched the private Jewish high school, students, staff and faculty were evacuated to the parking lot of Northwoods United Methodist Church a block away.
“They called us, and we evacuated the building to make sure all the kids were safe,” Doraville police spokesman Gene Callaway said at the scene. “Baruch HaShem, nothing happened.”
Students and teachers were allowed back in the building just after noon, and Doraville police left the scene shortly after.
An investigation into the threat is ongoing, according to police.
AJA sold the building last year to the Tapestry Public Charter School as part of the Jewish day school’s move to consolidate all students on its Sandy Springs campus in the future. For now, AJA and Tapestry share the building.