UPDATE: Searches conducted at both Bedford middle and high schools after threats
BEDFORD — Police conducted searches of both the middle and high school Thursday as part of an investigation into several threats against the schools.
Though police say they do not believe the threats are credible, both the high school and the adjacent middle school were evacuated as police conducted their searches.
Ross A. Lurgio Middle School students were subsequently sent home early. Students at the high school were to be released at their regular time of 2:35 p.m. At that time, they were expected to be allowed back into the school to gather up their books and backpacks.
Parents were advised about the situation via automated phone messages. Parents and students have also been advised that buses may be delayed in in other areas of the district as a result of the early release at the middle school.
Police say they will remain on scene at both locations to ensure the safety of both campuses.
According to the school Superintendent Chip McGee, all afternoon activities at Lurgio and the high school have been cancelled. However, evening activities, including eighth grade information night, will remain scheduled as planned.