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East Lake Middle and High Schools in Tarpon Springs cleared after bomb threat

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 15:51:03-05

TARPON SPRINGS, FLA — Students and staff at East Lake Middle School and East Lake High School were evacuated due a suspicious backpack Friday morning.

According to a spokeswoman for Pinellas County Schools, a threat was received and police were called to investigate around 10 a.m.

The following message was sent to parents:

Hello, this is an important communication for East Lake families. As a precaution, East Lake High and East Lake Middle schools have been evacuated due to a safety concern. Law enforcement is working with both schools to investigate the concern. Please refrain from coming to the schools or calling the schools at this time. More information will be communicated as soon as an update is available.

Everyone was let back in after police cleared the scene.

Police did not find anything suspicious. No one was taken into custody.

School did resume normal function, but many parents arrived to check their children out for the day.