Package at Tupelo Middle determined safe

By Danza Johnson and Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Police have determined that a suspicious package found at Tupelo Middle is not dangerous.
Students returned to the school after the police took an X-ray of the package and said all was clear, Deputy Superintendent Diana Ezell said.
The package was a footlocker found outside of the fence surrounding the school near the technology building on Truman. Police don’t suspect a student was involved.
The package was found by school safety officer Denitra Hereford during a routine check of the campus.
A note was attached to the package, Hereford said, but she said she did not read it.
Students and teachers were evacuated for about an hour.
The bomb squad reported to the scene, as did the Tupelo Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Tupelo Fire Department.
All entrances to the school were blocked.
Some of the school’s students were evacuated to Pierce Street Elementary, while others were placed on buses or went inside the baseball training facility.
Tupelo Schools Communications Director Kay Bishop said the district implemented its crisis management plan.
“We want to reassure parents that all children are safe and that safety is our main priority,” Bishop said.
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