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ATHENS, Ala. - Athens Middle School will be closed for the rest of the day after a bomb threat was reported this morning.

Superintendent Trey Holladay says a Google number called the school, threatening a bomb.  Students and staff were immediately evacuated.

A police officer stands guard near Athens Middle School after a bomb threat on Wednesday, Sept. 30. (Photo: Gregg Stone/WHNT News 19)

A police officer stands guard near Athens Middle School after a bomb threat on Wednesday, Sept. 30. (Photo: Gregg Stone/WHNT News 19)

The school decided to close for the rest of the day because Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the search will take an extended length of time, due to the size and configuration of the two-story school, and the layout of the campus grounds.

"It could be this afternoon before we feel the campus is secure," Johnson said.

Parents may pick up children at the track at Athens Middle School. If parents cannot pick up children, the children will go to Athens High School for pick up.

IMPORTANT: Athens Police have closed Forrest Street at Washington Street, and East Street is congested due to student pick up. Police encourage parents to park on East Street or Beaty Street and walk to the campus track to get children because of traffic congestion.

This is the third bomb threat at an Athens school since the school year started in August.

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