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Suspected explosive device on campus

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Deputies rushed to a local elementary school Friday morning in response to a student with a suspected explosive device on campus, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The device was later determined to be fake.

Deputies forced staff at Pumpkin Center Elementary School toconduct a fire drill as precaution just after 11 a.m. after a second-grade student brought what the teacher thought was a grenade for “show and tell,” according to an agency press release.

School officials found the fake grenade around 8 a.m. but didn’t call the Lincoln County Communications Center until nearly three hours later, deputies said. The device remained in the principal’s office until deputies arrived on scene.

Students returned to their classrooms shortly after deputies discovered the device was harmless and called the child’s parents about the incident.

No injuries occurred in the incident, and no charges werefiled in the case, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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