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Bomb threats clear two Armstrong County schools

by The Indiana Gazette on April 03, 2014 10:55 AM

Students were evacuated from two high schools in Armstrong County while authorities investigated two bomb threats Wednesday, officials said.

State police at Kittanning searched West Shamokin High School in Rural Valley and discovered no bomb, troopers said this morning.

“There was a note written on a wall in the boys’ bathroom,” said Trooper Gary Zurn. “We secured the area and nothing was found.”

District officials also evacuated Ford City Junior-Senior High School when a threatening message was discovered and reported at 10:43 a.m., said Sgt. John Atherton, the officer in charge of the Ford City Borough police.

“A written note was discovered by a teacher in the girls’ gym locker room,” Atherton said. “It was a handwritten threat on paper, saying ‘a bomb will blow in two hours.’”

Police brought in bomb-sniffing dogs from the Westmoreland County Parks Police and the City of Pittsburgh, Atherton said, and nothing was found.

“The school was deemed to be safe and the students returned to class about 1:30 p.m.,” he said. The investigation is continuing.

No other details of the incident at West Shamokin were available.

School district officials did not return a call requesting comment.

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