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Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School evacuated ended after false bomb threat

PINELLAS PARK — Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School was evacuated for two hours on Friday afternoon because of a false bomb threat. It was the second time in nine days that the school has been evacuated because of such a threat.

The school was first evacuated on Feb. 23 after a police officer found a note indicating that a bomb was set to go off at 3 p.m. The school was evacuated and searched for four hours, but no bomb was found.

The latest bomb threat was found Friday scrawled on the back of a bathroom door at the school, according to Pinellas Park police Capt. Sanfield Forseth. The school reported the threat at 12:10 p.m.

The students were sent across 118th Avenue N to the Pinellas Park High School football stadium to wait until the evacuation was ended around 2 p.m.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office sent dogs to search the school. Police said they found no device and nothing that could threaten the students.

Forseth said they will try to determine if there's a link between both threats. But thanks to the school's surveillance footage, police were able to identify some students who may be connected to Friday's incident.

"We have identified some suspicious behavior by a couple of students," Forseth said.

The investigating is continuing.

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