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Bomb threat clears Ford City school again

| Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:54 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger
Armstrong County Detective Mark Heider and K-9 dog Kliff respond to Ford City High School after a report of a bomb on the site on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Louis B. Ruediger
Armstrong County Sheriff's Department car is parked in front of Ford City High School after it was evacuated Monday because of a bomb threat. Bomb detecting dogs were called to the scene.

A bomb threat on Monday morning forced the evacuation of Ford City Junior-Senior High School for the second time in less than a week.

Principal Michael Cominossaid police evacuated the school early Monday when a threat was found.

Cominos would not disclose where school administrators found the threat or whether it was linked to a similar threat that forced officials to evacuate the school on Wednesday.

No one was injured, and no bomb was found during searches in the school, Cominos said.

School officials contacted students' parents through the district's phone alert system. Although classes reconvened, Cominos said parents were allowed to take their children home from school.

“Several parents did come and get their children, and it created a real traffic jam in downtown Ford City,” Cominos said. “Our students' safety is our main priority, and we're going to continue to investigate (the threats).”

Officers from the Ford City, Mercer and Manorville police departments, Armstrong County Detective Bureau, and the Armstrong, Mercer and Lawrence county sheriff's departments responded, Cominos said.

Police dogs from several departments combed the school but did not find anything, he added.

School officials canceled after-school activities on Monday but will have a regular class schedule on Tuesday.

The school was evacuated on Wednesday when a note saying a bomb would go off in two hours was found about 11 a.m. in a girls' locker room. West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School was evacuated that day when a note saying “Boom at 2:20” was found scrawled on the wall of a locker room.

No bomb was found in searches by police at the schools.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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