UPDATE: LaFollette Middle evacuated safely following bomb threat, threat cleared

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UPDATE (12:30 p.m.) — The threat at LaFollette Middle School has been cleared according to Campbell County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Fields.

Fields said that a threat on a bathroom wall was found not credible. Thirty-three teachers and 492 students were evacuated to LaFollette United Methodist Church where parents could pick up their children and buses drove students home.

Fields said the bathroom threat had a specific date on it. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office was called yesterday, Jan. 23, and brought a bomb dog to the school. At that time, the dog was not alerted to a smell.

The CCSO did a second sweep Friday and the dog found something suspicious that has now been deemed not suspicious according to Fields.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called and helped in the evacuation.

Fields said the evacuation went as smoothly as possible.

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WATE) – Campbell County Schools has announced LaFollette Middle School will dismiss early Friday out of an abundance of caution due to a bomb threat situation.

Campbell County Public Schools posted online just after 10:00 a.m. that the LaFollette Middle School would be dismissing at 10:30 a.m., “out an abundance of caution due to a bomb threat situation.”

Campbell County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Justin Lettner told WATE a threat was made on Thursday after school and cleared later that day. On Friday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office called the Knox County bomb squad to clear the school a second time and school officials made the decision to dismiss early out of an abundance of caution.

Buses will pick up students from LaFollette United Methodist Church, located at 808 E. Central Ave. Children can be picked up by parents or guardians at LaFollette UMC.

Campbell County Public Schools Director Jennifer Fields on-location at the school assisting students.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

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