WHITESTOWN, Ind. — Classes were canceled Thursday at a Whitestown elementary school after the building was evacuated.
A discarded, beeping diabetic medical device is to blame.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Boone Meadow Elementary School was evacuated at 7:09 a.m. due to a suspicious object found in a trash receptacle outside.
According to the sheriff’s office, the object was “beeping.” A school resource officer alerted school faculty and students to the problem and had the school evacuated as a precaution. They were taken to a nearby school.
“It’s just not normal to have an object beeping inside of a trashcan, and so therefore that makes it suspicious,” said Dep. Wesley Garst with the sheriff’s office. “Therefore for caution purposes and procedural purposes, we want to make sure it’s safe, so we evacuated, and we [will] investigate.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Bomb Squad arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. Police discovered the beeping noise was coming from a discarded medical device that continued to beep once they retrieved it.
Boone Meadow Elementary has since been cleared and deemed safe, with no threat to the school or community.