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Officials evacuate Madawaska school following bomb threat

MADAWASKA, Maine — School officials evacuated students and staff from the Madawaska Middle/High School at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after a student reported finding “a message” about a bomb, according to Lt. Jamie Pelletier of the Madawaska Police Department.

Pelletier declined to comment on the content of the message or where in the school it was found.

Police blocked off portions of School Street and 7th Avenue which were to remain cordoned off until authorities can secure the scene. Student and staff vehicles in the school parking lots and within the secured area will remain in place until then as well, according to Pelletier.

He said bomb detection dogs with the Maine State Police were traveling north from Augusta and were expected to arrive by 6 :30 p.m.

Emergency responders also were stationed outside the school, according to Madawaska Fire Chief Jim Soucy, who was at the scene.

School officials were not immediately available for comment.

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