Ashley HS, Murray MS get all clear after hours long evacuation


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A bomb threat this morning forced the evacuation of two New Hanover County schools.

According to New Hanover County Schools, which posted updates via Twitter, someone called in a bomb threat to Ashley high School before 10 a.m. Ashley and Murray Middle School were evacuated as a precaution, while Anderson Elementary sheltered in place as law enforcement and firefighters investigated.

Students were finally allowed back into school just before 1:30 p.m. after getting the all clear. The school district said dismissals would be at their usual time this afternoon.

The school district said all students were safe during the evacuation and that parents should not come to pick up their children, as the campuses were sealed off. In the meantime, a Connect 5 call was been made to all parents of students at the school.

The district’s Child Nutrition Department made 2,800 sandwiches in kitchens across the county to feed students outside.

The school district says it and law enforcement take bomb threats seriously and that anyone involved could face criminal prosecution.

Follow WWAY’s Hannah Patrick on Twitter for more updates from the scene.

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