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Eastern York Middle School evacuated again for bomb threat

Alyssa Jackson, and Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • The middle school has been evacuated for the second time this week due to another bomb threat
  • On Tuesday the school was evacuated for a bomb threat but no threat was found

Eastern York Middle School was evacuated for the second time this week after bomb threats were found written on two school walls Thursday morning, police said.

Lancaster and Lower Windsor Township officers respond to the second bomb threat this week at Eastern Middle School Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

Students were evacuated from the school at 11:39 a.m., according to a news release on Eastern York School District's website.

Lower Windsor Township Police Sgt. Ben Wind said the students were taken to Eastern York High School, where they sat in the auditorium until the middle school could be cleared.

Three K-9 units responded and sniffed the entire school, but found nothing, according to the sergeant.

One of the K-9s was Capt. Dargo, one of the York County Sheriff Office's two K-9 officers, according to his handler, Lt. David Godfrey. The other two K-9s came from Lancaster City and from Norfolk-Southern Police, Wind said.

An access road outside Eastern York Middle School is blocked as emergency personnel respond to a second bomb threat at Eastern Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

The written threats were found on a bathroom wall and on the wall of a hallway, Wind said.

The person or people who wrote them face charges that include making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, the sergeant said.

Students and staff were allowed to return to the middle school about 1:30 p.m., Wind said. They were expected to resume the normal school day, according to the release.

No bomb found at Eastern York Middle School

Earlier this week, another written bomb threat was discovered at the middle school. Students were evacuated to the high school auditorium, where they were released at the normal dismissal time later that afternoon.

Capt. Dargo, one of the York County Sheriff's Office's two K-9 officers.

Police later cleared the building and found no bombs, officials have said.

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