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Bomb hoax prompts Canton Central evacuation; activities to resume

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CANTON — A bomb threat scrawled in a middle school bathroom stall led to the evacuation of the Canton Central School complex Friday afternoon, Superintendent William A. Gregory said.

About 1:20 p.m., students were told to exit for an evacuation drill and to take their belongings because they would not be returning. Village and state police searched the school and found nothing harmful, Mr. Gregory said.

A student saw the bomb threat in a boys’ bathroom and alerted a faculty member, Mr. Gregory said. Specifics of the message were not disclosed.

Mr. Gregory said students were moved to the bus garage for transportation home or released to their parents. Evening and weekend activities were to resume as planned.

Interim Canton Police Chief Victor N. Rycroft said there is some video to review, but investigators did not have any suspects Friday afternoon.

The incident was the third such alert at the school in just over a year.

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