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Etowah High School cleared after emergency evacuation | What we know

State and local police swept the campus using multiple K-9 units. They found no evidence of a bomb, the school district said.

ATLANTA — Etowah High School was cleared after an "emergency evacuation" occurred due to a bomb threat, according to the Cherokee County School District.

State and local police swept the campus using multiple K-9 units. They found no evidence of a bomb, the school district said. 

After guidance from officials, Wednesday afternoon and evening activities will take place at the school as planned. Classes will be held in person Thursday as normal.  

"The investigation into the threat is continuing, with a focus on filing both criminal charges and school disciplinary action against those involved. Making threats is not a joke. We take all threats to the safety and security of our students, staff and schools very seriously," the school district said. 

The school district added the evacuation of Etowah High School finished quickly and safely. 

"We greatly appreciate the cooperation of students, staff and families, and the outstanding support of local law enforcement agencies," the school district said. 

Anyone with information that would be helpful to the investigation is asked to contact CCSD Police Department at (770) 704-4354 or make a report through its Vector Alert System

The letter below was also posted to the school's website:

The Superintendent of Schools has issued an immediate emergency evacuation of Etowah High School due to an anonymous bomb threat as recommended by local and State law enforcement agencies.

Please do not call the campus or come to the campus at this time. We need to keep driveways open for dismissal and phone lines open for emergency communications.

Student drivers will be dismissed from campus at 11:15 a.m. Buses will begin bringing students home immediately after that dismissal. If your child is normally a car rider, please report to E.T. Booth Middle School at 11:30 a.m. to pick them up.

We are taking this threat seriously and conducting a full investigation in an abundance of caution. Law enforcement agencies are arriving at the school to sweep the campus.

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