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Blanco Middle School evacuated over ‘suspicious device’

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BLANCO — Authorities evacuated Blanco Middle School on Feb. 12 after a student reportedly brought a “suspicious device” onto the campus, officials say.

The incident was first reported by school officials as “an explosive device” at about 1:30 p.m. at Blanco Middle School, 1500 Rocky Road.

“The school building was evacuated, and local law enforcement and fire department personnel are now attending to the situation to ensure the safety of all students and district property,” a statement by Blanco ISD read. “The situation is ongoing. Students, teachers and all personnel at the middle school are safe.”

Investigators expect to remain on the scene until at least 4 p.m.

“The police and fire responded to a suspicious device brought on campus by a student,” said Blanco County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ablon. “It is a suspicious item. A (law enforcement) unit has been called to take possession.”

Parents were notified and given the option to pick up their children, according to district officials.

“The district is dispatching a fleet of buses to safely evacuate students from the middle school to the elementary school gym,” the statement read.

Ablon added, “The school is calling parents to pick their kids up, and buses are running at the regularly scheduled time.”

More details are pending. No word yet on what action the student faces.

editor@thepicayune.com

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