Suspicious item deemed 'non-hazardous' at Hough HS

Suspicious item deemed 'non-hazardous' at Hough HS

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Students filing out of Hough High School following Monday's report of a suspicious item on the campus.

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 8:36 PM

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CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Students were evacuated from the Hough High School campus for a report of a suspicious item on Monday morning.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department bomb squad cleared the scene and deemed the suspicious item "non-hazardous" about 1:15 Monday afternoon.

CMS Police say a cursory search of the building was then conducted. The official "all-clear" was given at 2:05, and reentry to the building was permitted.

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School officials said all students and staff were safe, and were evacuated "out of an abundance of caution" to the school's football field.

Students will not be released early, however, parents were permitted to sign their students out for the day, should they wish to do so.

Cornelius Police and CMS Police are questioning two students in connection with the recent bomb threats against Hough High School.

A Hough High School student told NBC Charlotte's reporter on the scene she saw a student arrested and handcuffed on Monday.

CMS Police asked that parents not overload 911 with calls about the threat against the school, reminding parents that they should receive communications from the school via ConnectEd messages.

AirStar was the first respresentative from local media outlets to arrive on the scene.

Hough High School was evacuated twice in one day last week for reports of a suspicious device on the campus. The first report came in last Tuesday morning; officials cleared the campus and found no devices.

The second call came in in the noon hour on Tuesday. The students were moved to the school's football field before being released early for the day. A bomb squad searched the building and found a package, but police said the package was not dangerous.

Cornelius Police arrested student Riley Bowlin in connection with the first threat against the campus last Tuesday. He's charged with one felony count of making a false bomb report.

This story is developing. Stay with WCNC.com and NBC Charlotte for the latest developments.

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