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Man Arrested in Pisgah High School Bomb Threat

Phillip Duncan Herndon, 68, was arrested Friday night following a bomb threat at Pisgah High School.

Herndon was charged with the felony of making a false bomb threat at a public building. He’s being held at the Haywood County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

Around 1 p.m. a call came in Friday to the Canton Police Department issuing a bomb threat at Pisgah High School. The police department notified Pisgah High officials who secured the campus and began the process of evacuating the school.

By 3 p.m., the bomb dog brought in from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office had cleared three buildings. The scene was cleared at 4:20 p.m. and nothing was found in any of the buildings.

Students were taken to the nearby football stadium until their parents picked them up or the buses arrived. No one was allowed to enter the Pisgah High School main campus until it was deemed safe by law enforcement officials.

Haywood County Schools Consider Fees for use of School Facilities

Haywood County Schools are currently in debate over whether or not to begin the institution of fees for the use of school facilities to outside groups. For some time now many clubs such as Scouts, Adult Sports, and Youth Cheerleading groups have used the fields and gyms for practice. An estimated 200 groups use school facilities throughout Haywood County. The Haywood County School Board feels that it is un-fair for the school to pay for the cost of electricity and heat among other things. The Haywood County School Board has not made a decision on whether or not to institute fees for groups using school facilities at this time, but they are working on a plan for next year.