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December 09. 2013 9:36PM

Police probe Sanborn high school bomb threat

KINGSTON — Police are investigating after a bomb threat was discovered Monday morning inside a bathroom at Sanborn Regional High School.

Principal Brian Stack said the message referred to a bomb in the school, but provided no time, location or other details.

Police were called to the school around 10:30 a.m. to investigate the threat.

During a search of the building, police found what they considered to be a suspicious box on the second floor of the school.

Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said the box was unattended and "looked very suspicious the way that it was placed."

"We look for any packages or anything that may be out of place and suspicious. What we did was evaluate that particular parcel and found it was not, in fact, an explosive device," Briggs said.

Police determined that the box actually held a musical instrument.

Shortly after police responded, Stack issued a statement to the school community, saying that the administration was made aware of a "potential safety concern" for the high school campus.

"The Kingston Police Department was immediately notified and decided the best course of action was to internally evacuate students and staff to a safe and secure area while the building was thoroughly checked. Once the building was cleared by the police, the school resumed normal operation," Stack said in the statement.

The incident remains under investigation.

Police and school officials urged anyone with information to call the Kingston Police Department at 642-5742.

"We take the safety of all students and staff very seriously at Sanborn, and we will continue to work with the community and local safety officials to address issues that arise," he said.

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