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Bomb threat closes River Oaks; others put on alert

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Three Monroe private schools were put under a bomb threat Monday morning.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a bomb threat called in to 911. They notified the three schools affected: River Oaks School, St. Fredrick Catholic High School, and Ouachita Christian School. The schools immediately began emergency evacuations. Students were moved away from each school as they were locked down and searched.

"We did a primary walk through to look for anything that seemed out of place, and then more and more law enforcement officials came," said Bobby Stokes, headmaster of Ouachita Christian, "and we told them we had done one and they wanted to do a secondary one with a new set of eyes to look."

Bomb sniffing dogs were on the way from Shreveport, but with information from the 911 call and results from the physical search, Ouachita parish sheriff's office say dogs weren't necessary.

All three schools got an "all-clear" from authorities, and classes resumed at Ouachita Christian School and St. Fredrick. Classes at River Oaks were canceled for the day. Although authorities deemed River Oaks School safe, school officials sent students home.

"We found nothing, I met with my faculty briefly and we decided that we'd just let the kids go on home today, they are going to continue to look just to make sure, then will start school again tomorrow," says Tom Middleton, headmaster of River Oaks.

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