Gadsden Police say nothing was found at Gadsden Middle School after the school was shut down and evacuated due to a bomb threat.
Students were evacuated around noon on Wednesday and taken to Striplin Elementary School where parents picked them up, according to an email issued by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office around 1:19 p.m. No one was hurt in the incident.
No other Gadsden area schools dismissed early. A few streets around Gadsden Middle School were also closed due to the bomb threat.
The superintendent for Gadsden City Schools said a student notified personnel of the bomb threat around noon. He says there are "heavy leads" in the investigation.
Around 3:30 p.m., the Gadsden Police Department issued this statement:
Students of Gadsden Middle School were evacuated for approximately 3 hours this afternoon, from around noon until 3:00 pm, following a bomb threat. Police responded and, along with school officials, took the necessary steps to keep the children safe. All further questions / comments should be directed to Gadsden City School Superintendent, Dr. Ed Miller.
Gadsden's superintendent says the middle school will be heavily patrolled Thursday. School will start as normal at 7 a.m.
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