ARHS searched following bomb threat

Darrell Cole
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Classes continue following overnight search

AMHERST  A high school in Amherst was searched for explosives Tuesday night after a citizen allegedly heard a group of students saying they were going to set off a bomb at the school on Wednesday.

A police canine unit was brought in to assist with the search at Amherst Regional High School, but no explosive device was located. Classes continued as scheduled on Wednesday with an increased police presence.

Were very fortunate to have the assistance and advice of the Amherst police during this challenging situation, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board CEO Noel Hurley said Wednesday. We believe we must meet rumours like this with an appropriate response and due diligence while providing protection to our students and staff.

Hurley said its exasperating that a few individuals can incite fear in an entire school community and cause a great deal of anxiety and expense.

This incident comes less than a month after a student was arrested for bringing a lifelife air pistol to school and comes a few days after several schools in Halifax were closed because of bomb threats.

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: AMHERST, Chignecto, Halifax

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