"Bomb-detecting dogs were deployed to sweep Sussex County Technical School in Sparta after a threat was found on a bathroom wall, said police.
No threat was found, Lt. John Lamon said.
The high school was evacuated after a student saw a message scrawled on a bathroom wall that said "BOMB GOES OFF AT 12:15 TODAY."
Sparta patrol units responded at 10:58 a.m. to assist with the evacuation of the school campus.
"A protective sweep of the entire school campus was conducted with negative results," Lamon said. "All threats are taken seriously, especially since the horrific incident that just occurred in Parkland, Fla., and the safety of all school personnel and students is paramount."
Students were relocated to an evacuation area on a soccer field down the street from the school, where there was a "parent-reunification at that location," Sussex Superintendent-Principal Gus Modla said. "Most of the students were picked up by 3 p.m."
Bomb-detection dogs were called in from New Jersey State Police and the Morris, Passaic and Essex counties sheriff’s departments.
Additional police from Andover, Byram and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist directing traffic at the scene on White Lake Road.
The school is open to all Sussex County students.
Staff Writer William Westhoven: 973-917-9242; wwesthoven@GannettNJ.com." - Daily Record
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