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Investigators say same person behind 2 bomb threats at middle school

Students were evacuated at St. Martin Middle School on Tuesday morning after what was termed a threatening note was found in a school restroom. Children were returned to the classrooms just before noon.
Students were evacuated at St. Martin Middle School on Tuesday morning after what was termed a threatening note was found in a school restroom. Children were returned to the classrooms just before noon. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com File

Investigators say they believe the same person is responsible for two separate bomb threats at the same school in a 24-hour period.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said they cleared St. Martin Middle School after a threatening note mentioning a bomb turned up at the school about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Jackson County Superintendent Barry Amacker put the school on lockdown. Students and staff were directed to stay in the classroom or office they were in at the time.

It was the second bomb scare call the sheriff’s department received in 24 hours.

On Tuesday, a school official called the department after a note mentioning a possible bomb threat was found in a restroom. Officials evacuated the school and brought in a bomb-sniffing dog.

Capt. Chris Stratton said investigators are following several leads. The sheriff’s department is asking anyone with knowledge of the case to call the department at 228-769-3065 or CrimeStoppers at 877-787-5898.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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