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UPDATE: Lockdown ends at RHHS

No weapons, bomb found

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POSTED: January 17, 2014 11:45 a.m.
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A firefighter walks the perimeter of Richmond Hill High School on Friday morning during a search of the school for a potential bomb. A bomb threat was called into the school around 10:30 a.m., causing the campus to be locked down.

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The lockdown at Richmond Hill High School was called off around 1 p.m.

After searching the inside and outside of the school, officials said no bombs or weapons were found.

Richmond Hill High School has been given an "all clear" by law enforcement and we look forward to (students and teachers) having a productive rest of their day and wonderful three-day weekend," Bryan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher said in an emailed statement. 

"I want to thank local law enforcement, the RHHS students and staff for handling a difficult situation in a very professional manner."

See the complete story here at www.bryancountynews.net and in the Saturday edition of the Bryan County News.

Earlier story:

Richmond Hill High School remains under lockdown as local and state officials check the campus for a potential bomb following a threat called into the school around 10:30 a.m. today.

Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds gave a briefing of the unfolding events shortly after 11 a.m. alongside Harris Trail Road across the street from the school.

He said the events began with a call to the school around 8 a.m. that a student on campus had a weapon. That student was located and no weapon was found, he said.

Then around 10:30 a.m., the school got a call that there was a bomb on campus.

Local and state law enforcement are currently combing the school with bomb-sniffing dogs. If they have to go room-by-room, the task could take most of the day, Reynolds said.

Reynolds noted that no students have been hurt and reiterated that the school remains on lockdown — meaning no one is allowed on or off the campus — until the grounds have been cleared.

He asked that if parents are in contact with students, via cell phones, text messages and email, that they try to keep the students calm and not alert them of the bomb threat so as not to cause panic. 

 

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