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UPDATE: Student searches planned at Auburndale


After shutting down school for a day because of a bomb threat found in a girls bathroom, the Auburndale School District says classes will resume Wednesday and all middle and high school students will be searched before entering their schools.

In a statement Tuesday, the school district said doors to the Middle/Senior High School will be locked until 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and students will have their backpacks and jackets searched as they enter the building.

According to Lt. Shawn Becker of the Wood County Sheriff's Department, a bomb threat scribbled on a girls bathroom stall door in the Middle/Senior High was discovered at 2:30 p.m. Monday, warning that a bomb would explode Tuesday.

The building was searched twice, he said.

"No suspicious items or devices were found anywhere in the school," Becker said Tuesday. "It appears to be a hoax at this time."

The school canceled classes on Tuesday as a precaution.

No arrests had been made Tuesday, Becker said.


The Auburndale School District will be closed Tuesday after a bomb threat.

According to District Administrator Gerald Eichman, school leaders learned of a bomb threat scribbled on the bathroom wall around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Eichman said the threat said there would be a bomb at noon Tuesday at the high school.

Eichman told Newsline 9 the Wood County Sheriff's Department is working with administration to do a sweep of the building. Nothing yet has been found.

The entire school district will be closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure, Eichman said.

This is the second threat in Auburndale in just a few months. At the end of February sheriff's officers investigated a threat involving a student bringing a gun to school. However, that threat was proven to be unfounded, sheriff's officials said. Parents had the option of sending their children to school the next day.

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