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Franklin Regional High School students sent home after bomb threat; bag search planned

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Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media
A bus carrying students from Franklin Regional High School leaves the middle school after an early dismissal because of a bomb threat on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

Franklin Regional High School administrators said security will be increased when students return to school Tuesday because of a bomb threat Monday that led them to cancel classes and send home students and staff.

Administrators said a suspicious message was discovered in a bathroom at the school, but Murrysville police with K-9 units and district personnel found “nothing suspicious” in a search of the evacuated building.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the building was promptly evacuated with students and staff being relocated to the middle school. High school students were dismissed from the middle school on buses to go home,” administrators told parents in a statement.

School officials said the high school remained closed for the remainder of Monday.

“In the morning, there will be an increased police presence in the building and on our campuses. All students should only bring essential items to school,” the statement said.

School officials said all bags will be searched.

Police said they are actively investigating to determine who left the threatening message.

Franklin Regional was targeted by a threat Oct. 22 after classes were dismissed. All students remaining in the school were sent home after the threat.

In Indiana County, a 13-year-old was cited to juvenile court Monday on a charge of terroristic threats after allegedly making a bomb threat at Indiana Area Junior High School last week.

Borough police said the threat was made at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and caused the evacuation and search of the school.

Police said their investigation led them to question the teen, who attends the school. Officer John Scherf said the teen, whose name and gender was not released, admitted to writing the threat a day before it was discovered.

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