Eight of the 20 children who were shot down at Sandy Point School attended St. Rose of Lima Church during their lives. As the congregation gathered Sunday to pray and grieve, some sicko made a bomb threat that brought the SWAT team and forced the church's evacuation and closure for the day.
Sunday’s Mass was among the largest gatherings in a town still staggering under the weight of tragedy.
Father Luke Suarez was giving the homily during the noon Mass when the bomb threat was made, a threat that police felt was serious enough that the service should be interrupted. Msgr. Robert Weiss interrupted the sermon to dismiss the congregation.
Though police gave the all-clear shortly after the evacuation, the church was locked up for the day in an effort to “restore calm.” The church will reopen for Mass Monday morning.
"This is a very difficult time for all the families. We have seen incredible dignity in the faces of these people," Wallace said, adding "I don't think anyone can be surprised about anything after what has happened."