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School evacuated for bomb threat

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A bomb threat reported at Seymour Middle School on Wednesday afternoon led to the evacuation of all students and staff as police searched the building.

No bomb or explosive was found, however, police and school officials said.

Seymour Community Schools interim Superintendent Robert Hooker said the threat was in the form of a note.

“It informed us there was a bomb set to go off at 1:30 p.m.,” Hooker said.

Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said the note, which he believed was handwritten, was found in a bathroom in the school and given to school resource Officer Billy Smith.

Officials made the decision to clear the building as a precaution, Hooker said, and the 700 students and staff walked to a nearby designated area where they remained safe for the duration of the threat.

“This action was taken in line with following our emergency procedures for a fire drill,” Hooker said. “We are hoping it was a prank, but we take these seriously.”

Students were allowed to return to their classrooms around 1:40 p.m., after police conducted two searches of the school.

Hooker would not reveal any details about the note or if they had a suspect.

He added that the staff would meet today to discuss how the evacuation went and to make suggestions to improve emergency plans.

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