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January 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM

Marysville-Pilchuck High School evacuated after bomb threat

Update, Thursday at 7:20 a.m. | Students will be returning to school and resuming a normal schedule, according to the Marysville School District website.

Update at 6:30 p.m.: The Marysville-Pilchuck High School campus has been cleared, according to the Marysville Police Department. No devices were found.

“Although this may have been an emotionally difficult afternoon for some, everyone followed directions and responded well to the incident,” the Marysville School District posted on its website. “As always, the safety of our students is paramount.”

The varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games scheduled at Marysville-Pilchuck have been canceled, according to the school district. The games will be rescheduled at a later date.

Marysville police detectives are investigating the incident.

Original post: Marysville-Pilchuck High School was evacuated Wednesday following an afternoon phone call to the school’s front office that said a bomb was on campus, said Mary Schoenfeldt of the Marysville School District.

No bomb has been found, but police and school officials evacuated students and staff into the school’s back parking lot after the 1:45 p.m. call.

Marysville police are searching the school, Schoenfeldt said. A more extensive sweep of the school’s campus will begin once bomb-detection dogs arrive, according to a release from the Marysville Police Department.

In October, Marysville-Pilchuck was the site of a shooting that ended in the death of five students, including shooter Jaylen Fryberg.

On Wednesday, students were allowed to wait in the back parking lot until their buses arrived at the usual times, starting around 2:15 p.m., when school usually lets out.   Students who do not drive to school are being taken by school bus to the Shoultes Gospel Hall at the corner of 51st Ave. and 116th St., according to the police department.

“We basically said to people, ‘Pick up your backpacks, you’re getting a few minutes out of school early,’ ” Schoenfeldt said.

The identity of the caller is not known, she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Marysville Police Detectives at 360-363-8350.

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