Bomb threat at Harrisburg Middle School determined a "hoax"
HARRISBURG, Ore. - A bomb threat forced hundreds of students to evacuate their school buildings in Harrisburg on Monday morning, which turned out to be a hoax.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a note was found at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Harrisburg middle school, threatening to blow it up at 11 a.m.
As a safety precaution, nearly 600 students evacuated the middle school and nearby elementary school.
Students stood by at the high school while deputies searched the middle school for suspicious or hazardous items.
No materials were found, and police are now calling it a hoax.
"We know what to do and so our staff are trained in lock down and lock out and evacuation drills happen," said Bryan Starr, the Superintendent for the Harrisburg School District. "Once a year for sure, and so today was our first time this year evacuating the building."
The Linn County Sheriff's Office says while it was a hoax, the safety of children in schools is the highest priorities.
If you have any information on the threat, you are asked to contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office.