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Police promise probe of Hough High bomb hoaxes

Cornelius police are promising a vigorous investigation to find the person or persons responsible for a pair of phony “suspicious package” reports that disrupted classes Tuesday at Hough High School.

No packages was found the first time, and police say a phony item was discovered the second time.

The first 911 call came shortly after 8:15 a.m., according to Cornelius police. Someone reported seeing a “suspicious package” in a bathroom at the school, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman.

Students and staff were ordered to leave the school, while Cornelius and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools police searched the school, along with CMS officials and crews from Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue. Nothing was found, and students and staff were allowed back into the building at 9:40 a.m.

About 12:15 p.m., an officer at the school was told that a suspicious package was in a bathroom, according to Cornelius police.

This time, police found a package in a bathroom area that had been searched earlier. The package was placed in what Cornelius police describe as “an obvious manner” and “made to look suspicious.”

Once again, the school was evacuated. This time, bomb technicians were called in, but the package was not dangerous, police discovered.

“This type of crime is very disruptive to the school and very costly to investigate,” Cornelius police said in a news statement.

Police say they are asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 704-892-7773. Those calling in tips can remain anonymous, police say.

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