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Police: Students Home After Terre Haute School Hoax Bomb Threat

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.: Students at a western Indiana high school are being sent home hours after police responded to a bomb threat at the school.

Terre Haute police spokesman Officer Ryan Adamson says Terre Haute North High School's 1,800 students were allowed to leave just before 3 p.m. Friday after a bomb-sniffing dog finished searching the school and found no bombs.

He says the threat remains under investigation and authorities hope to prosecute whoever is responsible.

Adamson says the threat "isn't funny and it's left a lot of people in anguish."

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Police say a bomb-sniffing dog is searching a western Indiana high school that received a bomb threat.

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse says the dog was checking Terre Haute North High School as a precaution Friday. He says there's no evidence that there are actually any explosives inside, "but we're going to check."

He says the school's 1,800 students grades nine through 12 were moved from classrooms to the gym while the dog conducted its search.

Plasse spoke to a group of agitated parents outside the school asking why their children had not been dismissed.

He told the parents the students would be released once the dog's search is completed and the students can return to classrooms to collect their belongings.

UPDATE: 12:50 p.m.: Indiana State Police Capt. David Bursten says the bomb threat at Terre Haute North High School is likely a hoax, but the investigation is continuing.

A district official says students and faculty are in no imminent danger.

Vigo County School Corp. spokesman Mick Newport says students and faculty were told to shelter in place at Terre Haute North High School after the school received a call Friday morning from someone making a bomb threat.

Newport says no one has been injured and "there is no imminent threat" to the 1,800 students, grades nine through 12.

Newport did not comment on a Terre Haute Tribune-Star report that officers entered the school with weapons drawn.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: A Terre Haute Police Department employee confirmed to WFIU/WTIU that all students in the building are safe. Police are still searching but have discovered nothing threatening so far.

Original story:

Police officers are searching a western Indiana high school following a bomb threat, and the students and faculty have been told to shelter in place.

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reported that officers entered the school with weapons drawn.

Watts told the Associated Press that officers from city, county and state police agencies are responding to the threat.

He says the school followed its own policy by having students shelter in place and announcing the potential danger.

Terre Haute is about 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

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