UPDATE: Tupelo High campus deemed safe

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High School students have returned to class after being evacuated for nearly an hour in response to a reported bomb threat.

An assessment of the campus by police authorities and school administration deemed the campus safe at about 12:36 p.m. Students have resumed their normal schedule.

The school was evacuated in response to a threat that was reported at 11:40 a.m., according to a statement by the school district. The Tupelo Police Department and the Tupelo Fire Department investigated the threat to the campus.

Normal checkout procedures will be followed if parents choose to checkout their child.

The district issued the following statement:

“UPDATE at 12:36p: A complete and thorough assessment of the THS campus by police authorities and school administration of the reported bomb threat has been conducted. The campus is deemed safe for THS students to return to class and resume their regular schedule. Normal checkout procedures will be followed if parents choose to checkout their child.”

Here is the district’s original statement:
“At 11:40a today, a bomb threat was reported at Tupelo High School. The district’s crisis plan has been implemented and all students have been safely evacuated from buildings. The Tupelo Police Department and the Tupelo Fire Department are on the campus and are currently investigating the level of threat to the school.
At this time, we are asking that students not be picked up from THS. An update will be made available as soon as emergency officials notify the school and district personnel.”

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