The first bomb threat of the new school year was reported yesterday morning at Shenango High.

A $500 reward is offered for anyone who can provide evidence to convict those responsible.

Principal Michael Schreck said the threat was found written on the stall in a second-floor boys restroom shortly before noon.

Schreck noted school officials followed practiced procedure.

“We called the police. They contacted the fire department who blocked off the road.”

Schreck said the New Castle Police Department was contacted to send two bomb-sniffing dogs to the school. He said there was a third dog later, possibly obtained through the sheriff’s department. No bomb was found.

While the building was being searched, the students were evacuated to the football stadium, where they remained from 11:45 a.m. until after 1 p.m., he said.

“When the students returned, we provided lunch,” Schreck said.

The principal said each bomb threat must be taken seriously. School officials practice what is to be done, he said, “and everything went to plan.”

Schreck said he hopes the reward offer will encourage students to give up the guilty parties.

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