Bomb Threat Written on Wall Prompts Lockdown at Atkins School

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ATKINS, AR - The Pope County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) is investigating after responding to a call of a bomb threat written on a wall inside the Atkins Middle School. 

Officers were called to the campus around 8 this morning.

The Atkins Police Department, Atkins Fire Department and the Arkansas State Police also responded to the call. 

The PCSO says students, faculty and staff were immediately relocated to a safe and secure location while the investigation got under way. 

PCSO investigators conducted interviews, and personnel cleared all hallways, lockers and classrooms in the school. The investigation determined that no students or school personnel were ever in any imminent danger. 

Classes resumed a normal schedule at about 10 a.m. 

Pope County Sheriff Aaron Duvall says the case file will be turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney to review and determine if charges will be filed.

Sheriff DuVall expressed his appreciation to the Atkins School District, and especially Superintendent Mark Gotcher, for their cooperation during the investigation.

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