UPDATE: North Pontotoc school cancelled after bomb threat

By Pontotoc Progress

UPDATE – Students were evacuated from the buildings at North Pontotoc Attendance Center this morning after school officials received a bomb threat, law enforcement officials said.

Students were evacuated a safe distance from the buildings and at 9:15 law enforcement officers were awaiting the arrival of the Tupelo Bomb Squad dogs who will be used to search the buildings.

Officials emphasized that no one has been injured and no bomb has been found.

Officials said procedures for such an emergency are being followed.

At this point, officials were anticipating resuming classes as soon as the search of the building is completed.

Pontotoc County Deputies, Ecru Police and Highway Patrol officers are on the scene.

The entrances to the school are blocked off, pending a search of the buildings, but traffic on Highway 15 is flowing normally.

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At 10:20 a.m. Pontotoc County Emergency officials said that school had been cancelled for today and North Pontotoc students are being transported to the Pontotoc Agri-Center in Pontotoc.

Emergency officials said that parents may begin picking up students from the Agri-Center around 11:30 a.m.

Officials emphasized that all students must be accounted for at the Agri-Center before students will be allowed to leave.

The last buses were leaving the school grounds at North Pontotoc around 10:35.
Officials said students or teachers who have cars on campus may pick up their vehicles later this afternoon once the bomb search has been completed.

Students who are not picked up at the Agri-Center will be taken home by bus later today.

Officials said students or teachers who have cards on campus may pick up their vehicles later this afternoon once the bomb search has been completed.

Students who are not picked up at the Agri-Center will be taken home by bus later today.

Officials confirmed that one bomb sniffing dog is already on the scene and another dog team is expected on scene shortly to expedite the search.

Officials said the scene on campus has been calm this morning while the search began.