Bomb Sniffing Dog Gives Franklin Park School All ClearA Secretary of State bomb sniffing dog has completed a thorough search of Franklin Park Middle School and the school grounds in Salem without finding any bomb or unusual materials.
As a result, Superintendent Mark Cartwright says school will be held at Franklin Park as scheduled on Friday.
Cartwright reports the feeder school track meet that Franklin Park is hosting at the Salem Community High School track will be held as scheduled Thursday afternoon. Cartwright says all students on the track team should report to Salem High School by 3:15 Thursday afternoon. He notes since many of the team members have their uniforms at Franklin Park, students and their parents can stop by at the school prior to the meet to pick up the items.
Salem Police Chief Ron Campo says the written bomb threat was found on one of the teacher's desk around 7:30 Thursday morning. He reports police were immediately called. An initial sweep of the building by officers also failed to turn up any bombs or anything suspicious.
Cartwright reports no one was allowed in the building until police were certain there was no bomb in the gym and cafeteria. At that point, students were gathered in the gym. Once a decision was made to cancel classes for the day, students were moved to the Hawthorn Grade School Gym where students were released to parents and the busses to go home. Cartwright said the note was scribbled on a small piece of paper. He declined to give any more specifics until conferring with police on the investigation.
Classes will be held as usual at Hawthorn School on Thursday.
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