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Police: Bomb threat at Vt. school a hoax

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WELLS RIVER, Vt. -

A Vermont school was closed Wednesday after concerns about a bomb threat, but Vermont State Police investigators say it turned out to be a hoax.

State police say a bus driver overheard fourth- and fifth-grade students talking about a possible bomb at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River. Students, staff and faculty were evacuated from the building, parents were notified and students were sent home for the day.

Fire crews and teachers who searched the building found a small box with a note on it that said, "open at your own risk." The state police bomb squad was called in and determined the suspicious box was a hoax and posed no safety threat.

School officials say proper protocols were followed.

"The efficiency and the thoroughness that the administration and the staff followed through on the protocol to get the kids out of the building and get them to a safe area while the police arrived and I think that speaks very well to our staff and administration to able to do that," said Richard Pike, the Blue Mountain schools superintendent.

School officials say they are working with state police to investigate the incident, but have not determined whether the students involved will face any disciplinary action.

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