Marion High School evacuated due to threat

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Marion High School was evacuated Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat.

Marion Police say the threat was phoned in through the school's tip line about a bomb possibly being in a locker in a specific area of the school.

Officers cleared out the building where the locker was located while students and faculty went to the gym. Other buildings in the high school were placed on a level 2 lockdown, which means everyone had to stay in place as exits and entrances were locked down.

According to police, a bomb-sniffing dog may have detected something near one of the lockers mentioned in the threat. At that point, all buildings were evacuated. Students and faculty were taken to Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Indiana State Police Bomb Squad was called in to check out the area and nothing was found.

Remaining students not picked up earlier were then returned to school and dismissed early.

The school says that it was made aware of a threat on Thursday, but was not able to verify the threat. At that point, school administrators said they didn't believe there was a reason to raise the security level.

"As always, we ask anyone who knows anything that threatens the safety of our students or schools to contact school or district administrators. Our anonymous student/school safety hotline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call or text 765-997-8585 or email," the school said in a statement Thursday on its website.