CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Police are asking for help in identifying the person or people responsible for two evacuations at a high school in Cornelius.
Hough High School was evacuated around 8:30 Tuesday morning after reports of a suspicious package in a bathroom on the campus. About an hour later, the “all-clear” was given, and students and faculty returned to class as normal.
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Then, about 10 minutes before 1 Tuesday afternoon, students and faculty were once again told to gather their things and relocate to the school’s football field after a second report of a suspicious device was reported on the campus.
By 4 p.m., two sweeps of the school were conducted, one by a bomb tech in full gear, before the campus was once again given the all clear. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police lent Cornelius PD their Mobile Command Unit and a HazMat unit Tuesday afternoon to assist in the investigation.
An FBI agent made an appearance at the school Tuesday afternoon.
In a media briefing Tuesday evening, Cornelius Police say a package was found in the school Tuesday afternoon, but officials are now investigating the incident as a hoax.
Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle said Tuesday evening in a media briefing, "Called Charlotte Bomb Squad, they searched this package, dismantled it, deemed it to be safe, at this point and time were investigating this as a hoax, it was a very disruptive hoax, and our focus right now is to find who did this. This is a very serious issue; we spent a lot of money, the school day was disrupted and what were asking for is the public to step up."
Students were released in shifts beginning at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.