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Bomb threat at Peasley causes temporary disruption

A bomb threat at Peasley Middle School Monday morning led to students being evacuated from the campus for about two and a half hours on their first day back from winter break.

Nothing suspicious was found after law enforcement officers and bomb-detecting dogs searched the entire school, according to the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office.

The GSO said a student reported at about 10:40 a.m. that someone had written on a bathroom stall that a bomb was in the school that would detonate at 11 a.m. The student reported the finding to staff and the students and faculty were immediately evacuated to nearby Bethel Elementary.

The evacuated students had pizza for lunch while they waited in the Bethel gymnasium for the search to be completed. They returned to Peasley at about 1:15 to resume classes.

Peasley does not have security cameras in its hallways, but John Hutchinson, an assistant superintendent for the school division, said purchasing additional cameras for the school “is on our...

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