| A white powder scare occurred at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, shortly before
students were to be dismissed for the day Friday afternoon. Dr. Robert Rentschler,
principal of the facility, said maintenance man Randy Ball opened a letter with a
State Department of Health return address, the letter contained a white powdery
White powder scare at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center
The principal said he understands the "building will be cleared" after the substance is identified. "Students can then return to school," he said.
Local officials stated they felt there was a reasonable explanation for the powder, but
appropriate measures had to be taken. The FBI was notified.
Dr. Rentschler said all students were sent home after a short delay. "The students
were released after consultation with officials." He said, "every precaution was
taken regarding the handling of the substance, following protocol.
Students released from school after delay
Five members of the Career Center staff, those in close proximity to the letter
opening, remained in the building until clearance was given by authorities.
"I advised the students about the problem and everything went smoothly," said
Calhoun school administrator Donnie Pitts said he was concerned parents did not
get alarmed over the situation, and advised local media regarding bus delays.
The Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department and the State Police responded to the
State Police are reportedly returning the substance to the State Health Department