Bomb threat closes North County High

October 03, 2002

Classes at North County High School in Glen Burnie were canceled yesterday because of a bomb threat that turned out to be groundless, authorities said.

Students were evacuated to the football stadium after the threat was phoned in at 7:40 a.m., about 20 minutes into the school day, said Jane Beckett-Donohue, a school system spokeswoman. Authorities could not identify the caller.

Officials decided to shut down the school about 10:30 a.m. after police bomb-sniffing dogs detected a suspicious scent emanating from a locker. Bomb technicians from the state fire marshal's office later determined that several Magic Markers in the locker had triggered the dogs, authorities said.

Paramedics treated six students and a teacher for bee stings and heat exhaustion they suffered while waiting in the stadium, said county fire Division Chief John M. Scholz. Students were allowed to retrieve belongings in the afternoon.

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