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UPDATE: Russellville High School given ‘All Clear’ after bomb threat, student charged

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Police say a 16-year-old student has been charged in the investigation into a bomb threat made against Russellville High School earlier Thursday.

The Russellville High student is charged with making a terrorist threat and rendering a false alarm.

Students and faculty were evacuated from the school shortly after 8:30 a.m.  They were taken across the street to Russellville Middle School while police searched the high school.  Florence Police also brought in bomb sniffing dogs.  Nothing was found.

Students and staff were allowed back inside the high school around 11:30 a.m.

Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said  the threat came in overnight on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media site.

Parents said they received an automated call around 9:15 a.m. notifying them of the situation.

Tharptown High School was also evacuated Thursday due to a separate bomb threat.

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  • Michael

    We had these all the time when I was in high school. Never turned out to be anything serious.

    One day the principal and an LEO came into the lunchroom and arrested a guy for the threats. Later that afternoon…….we had another bomb threat.

  • Nuclear Mike

    …and all we ever did in high school was pull the fire alarm or set off a cherry bomb in the boy’s bathroom toilet…guess we would have all been called domestic terrorists now…and no one ever harmed anyone else with any deadly force & only 1 unwanted pregnancy in 4 years…and she had twins & was sent home to become married…any real punks that ever acted up were “enlisted” in the Army to remove them from the peaceful atmosphere at school…those were the days!

  • Michelle

    You know in today’s times you don’t know whether to take things serious or not. I am not jeopardizing the safety of my child. People are crazy and you don’t know what they will do. I went and picked mine up because kids panic and mine is not staying in a situation that has them feeling threatened or that they are in harm.

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