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Students return to class after search deems building safe

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At about 12:40 p.m. Oct. 30, Eagle Hill Middle School students were evacuated from the building because of a possible bomb threat.

A student saw a message written on a girls’ bathroom wall implying there was a bomb in the building. The student notified a teacher who then notified the principal.

Students and staff were immediately evacuated from the building and sheltered at Enders Road Elementary School, which is next to Eagle Hill.

The Manlius Police Department and the school district’s School Information and Resource Officer (SIRO) were notified and reported to the building. Manlius police and district administrators and buildings and grounds personnel searched the building. They found no credible threats or unusual objects.

Once the search was complete and the building was cleared, students were allowed back inside Eagle Hill at about 1:45 p.m. Eighth grade students returned to lunch, and grades five through seven reported to their eighth period classes to finish their day.

“We commend our student for taking immediate steps to notify the teacher after seeing something threatening written on a restroom wall,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “Although it turned out to be an unfounded threat, the student did the right thing by letting us know so we could evacuate students and staff, secure the building and conduct an investigation. Our staff and Manlius police have done an excellent job of taking the necessary precautions for student safety.”

With the assistance of the Manlius Police Department, district officials will continue to investigate the incident to determine who may have written the message on the wall.

Police and the school district are also investigating a similar incident that took place on Oct. 26. In that incident, a student saw a message scrawled on an Eagle Hill bathroom wall implying there was a bomb in the building. Students were immediately evacuated, and police were notified. Police deemed the threat low level, and students returned to the building after staff searched it and found no credible threats or unusual objects.


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