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Bomb Threat Reported at Cecil County Middle School

Students were relocated as a precautionary measure.

Maryland State Police officers were reportedly searching the school.
Maryland State Police officers were reportedly searching the school.
School was cut short for students at North East Middle School Tuesday morning after a bomb threat caused administrators to close the school and ferry everyone over to North East High School, according to Cecil County Public Schools.

"Due to a bomb threat reported at North East Middle School, all students and staff are being relocated to North East High School as advised by law enforcement as a precautionary measure," the school system posted on its website.

The evacuation occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, The News Journal reported.

A student found a note in the second-floor bathroom threatening bombs at the school, according to the Cecil Whig, which reported four students were being questioned in connection with the threat. One student, a 14-year-old boy with an Elkton address, was later charged with disrupting school operations and a false statement concerning a destructive device, The Whig reported; police told the paper it was believed he acted alone.

Parents were directed to pick up their children at North East High School, at 300 Irishtown Road in North East, while police searched the premises at North East Middle School.

Students who weren't able to be picked up early waited and took the bus home from North East High School, according to the school system.

Across the state line in Delaware, an entire school district was affected by a bomb threat in Smyrna. According to ABC Channel 6, a student phoned the Smyrna central office at 7:52 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. telling officials that a bomb was going to go off in one of the schools.

After the district's eight schools were dismissed for the day, police found the 14-year-old student by tracing his cell phone number, and he was charged with terroristic threatening, the news station reported.

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