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Bomb Scare Reported at Easton Area Middle School

School buses were delayed after a bomb scare at Easton Area Middle School Monday afternoon.

A bomb scare was reported at Easton Area Middle School Monday afternoon.

School officials and authorities confirmed that a bomb scare was reported at the 5-8 grades school, delaying school buses at least 20 minutes at the end of the school day.

The bomb scare took place in the 5th and 6th grade building, sources said.

Police from Forks and Palmer townships and Wilson and a Northampton County rescue unit responded.

A Forks Township fire truck and Suburban EMS vehicle was also at the scene.

The Easton Area School District issued alerts about the bomb scare and informed parents at neighboring Shawnee Elementary School that school buses were delayed from "an incident at the middle school."

One parent said that her son was informed to leave his belongings inside the school. A school official told another parent that students' belongings could be picked up once authorities had cleared the scene.

School officials and police were not immediately available for comment.

District parents expressed frustration on the Easton Patch Facebook page:

"Probably a prank call, but now my son is home half hour late after standing outside of the building with no jacket for over an hour, terrified and does not want to go back!" said parent Alechia Wright. "Not funny at all! Thank God these kids are home safely!"

Another said police had been at the school since 9 a.m., and wondered why parents weren't contacted sooner.

Last year, Easton Area High School was evacuated several times due to phony bomb threats at the Palmer Township building.

Also Monday, South Whitehall police were at Parkland High School in the morning as a precaution, following an unspecified threat to a teacher by a student, district spokeswoman Nicole McGalla said.

Monday marked the one-month anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 people dead.

Numerous bomb threats were reported days after the shootings, including one in Emmaus.

Annonymous January 15, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Easton's always had it's issues. I had been threatened with a knife in 6th grade myself and then in later years dealt with sexual harrasment from other students. That said, I do realize this type of behavior is not limited to any one school. The problem in my eyes is that the school board has allowed this type of behavior to exist for so long in this district. Now, while it's hard to say what exactly happened yesterday- I have yet to hear any further reports - I think this is two fold. We need to be empathetic to those (parents and students) alike who were directly affected by yesterday's events, yet we have to take accountability as well for as a parent it is our job to teach our children how to deal with these types of situations. When my 9-year old came to me last night upset by yesterday's events, it was my job to tell her what happened to the best of my abilities and to teach her how to handle that situation herself if ever presented with it. Difficult as it may be, I feel it is what is necessary in these changing times.
Flash Gordon January 15, 2013 at 06:51 PM
EASD sucks. They have not a clue how to handle anything, much less the serious stuff. No wonder they are having so many other issues financially. Inept, absurd, out of step, and out of date. Wake up EASD and dump all of the board members, fire all the administrators, and get rid of their union leaders. Time to get real people who understand real issues to run that system.
jane brooks January 15, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I am upset we didn't find out about it until after 3:30 pm. We should have knew about it earlier. So we could have picked up our kids. Very nervous!!!!
Joey fuhrer January 16, 2013 at 02:47 AM
I am 5th grader it was vary scary I infect did not see the dogs ore police people were makeing jokes of it and rumors were spreading like people got stabbed and killed but that was not tue at all no one was heart but some one had a asthma attack
Panda January 16, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I agree! Bottom line: The kids were kept safe, were comforted by the school staff and got home ALIVE and SAFE!

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