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Watauga schools evacuated after threat; no device found

Watauga County’s nine schools were evacuated Tuesday morning after someone phoned in a bomb threat, according to school officials and Boone police.

Officials at Caldwell Community College’s campus in Boone also evacuated their building, but Appalachian State University remained on a normal schedule.

No explosive device was found at any of the schools, according to authorities.

Boone police said they received a call about 7:35 a.m. from a male who made a “nonspecific threat” about a bomb in a school building. Because of the vague nature of the threat, authorities decided to search all nine Watauga County schools. The Watauga Schools have about 4,500 students.

Officials at Appalachian State University in Boone said the threat was not connected to their school.

Caldwell Community College said its campus reopened at 9:20 a.m., and classes resumed at 10:30 a.m.

Watauga Schools officials said classes resumed at 9:30 a.m. at Watauga High, Cove Creek Elementary and Parkway Elementary schools; at 10 a.m. at Bethel, Harding Park, Mabel and Valle Crucis elementary schools; and at 10:20 a.m. at Blowing Rock and Green Valley elementary schools.

The Watauga County Schools are in their second week of classes, having started Aug. 19. Schools in several mountain counties are permitted to start classes a week earlier than the rest of the state, due to the high number of days lost each winter to snow.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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