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East High School students sent home early after bomb threat

East High School on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (Mckenzie Richmond / ADN)

Students at East High School in Anchorage were sent home an hour early Thursday after the school received a bomb threat that morning, the Anchorage School District said in an emailed statement.

The details of the threat were not immediately clear. Officers combed the building and spoke with school staff Thursday afternoon, looking for “anything suspicious” to determine whether the threat was credible, according to Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim.

“We take every threat seriously and this one is no different," Thim said.

No information was available about the content of the threat or how it was received, Thim said. It’s also unclear how long it will take police to determine whether the building is safe, he said.

The district said in an email to parents sent just after noon that students had been evacuated to the gym, which it called "a safe location.”

Students were bused home starting at 1 p.m., the district said. Parents were also given the option to pick their children up at the gym.

The Anchorage School District said it had no further information about the threat beyond the information East High parents received.

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