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School Threats at Two Region 8 Schools Disrupt Classes

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Pocahontas and Doniphan - School threats at two Region 8 schools prompted evacuations and disruptions during classes. 

The Pocahontas School District today became the second Region 8 school district to be affected by a bomb threat.

A spokeswoman for the Pocahontas Police Dept. says the a threat at Pocahontas High School was reported between 12 and 12:30 p.m., and said it was a similar threat as to what has been happening as recently as this morning in the Doniphan (MO) School District, where threats have been found written on bathroom walls.

The police spokeswoman says the high school campus was evacuated and is currently being searched by authorities, and classes throughout the entire district have been dismissed for the rest of the day.

Just to the north and for the second consecutive day, a reference to a bomb was found written on a bathroom stall in the Doniphan School District.  This time, the incident occured at the high school, following a similar incident yesterday at the middle school campus.

This morning, police and school administrators cleared the high school's main building and "thoroughly searched classrooms and lockers."  Again, no explosive device was found, and students and faculty were eventually allowed to return to campus.

School administrators again say they believe today's incident is a "copycat event in response to similar incidents that have occured recently on the middle school campus."

Parents are encouraged to discuss the matter with students.

Last month, classes in the district were dismissed for two days due to similar threats, and the school district held a public forum last Friday about the issues.

 

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