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Nothing Found after 'Low-Level Credibility Threat' at WMS

Wayland Middle School has been given the all-clear following a "low-level credibility" bomb threat.

Nothing Found after 'Low-Level Credibility Threat' at WMS

Massachusetts State Police dogs found nothing amiss during their sweep of Wayland Middle School Wednesday afternoon .

Wayland Police Officer Tyler Castagno said a call came into Wednesday afternoon just minutes before students were scheduled to be dismissed.

The caller, according to Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein, said he believed there might be a bomb in the building. Stein said the call had very low credibility, but "it's nonetheless a bomb threat," and it needed to be taken seriously.

While the caller's name has not been released, Wayland Police Lt. Patrick Swanick said the caller did provide his name when he called the school.

The call came in at 1:08 p.m., according to an email from Stein and WMS Principal Betsy Gavron. Dismissal time Wednesday was scheduled for 1:10 p.m., so students dismissed as planned. The building was then evacuated as a precaution.

Students planning to remain after school for programs or extracurricular activities were gathered at the flagpole about 200 feet from the school. All after-school activities, including Before After School Extension (BASE), were canceled to allow for a thorough sweep of the school.

Teachers were asked to examine their classrooms to determine whether anything was amiss. Neither teachers nor state police bomb-sniffing dogs discovered anything of concern. Wayland Fire declard the building all-clear at about 2:40 p.m.

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