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Bomb threat forces elementary school evacuation

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An incident at Mayville Elementary School caused the students to evacuate to the high school auditorium for a few hours on Tuesday.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dave Kaiser said that at 9:30 a.m. a staff member found a written bomb threat in a bathroom at the elementary school. The students were evacuated to the High School Auditorium and the local police were called and they requested a K-9 united from MSP. Nothing was found.

Once the all-clear was given at 11:45 a.m. the students were brought back to the elementary school.

"We are very concerned and we have all our teachers and our staff members on high alert," said Barry Markwart.

Markwart is the superintendent of Mayville Community Schools. After a handwritten bomb threat was found, Markwart said all schools went into lockdown.

"Once we gather all our information along with [Mayville Police] Chief [Tony] Coln, we will deal with  it as severely as we can," Markwart said.

Coln said police and the school district are doing everything they can to find the author of the note.

"We some some students of interest, some we would like to speak to just because of the timing that they were in that certain area of the school," Coln said. "And you have to start somewhere and that's where we're starting with this."

Parents are being warned that there will be an increased police presence in and around the school.

Mayville Community Schools was under lockdown prior to being evacuated.

This comes after a March 24 incident where a student was taken from class, investigators say a loaded gun and several knives were found in his backpack. Read more about that incident here.

See the letter from the district regarding today's incident below:

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