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Lockdown lifted at Richmond Hill High School

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RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

A lockdown at Richmond Hill High School has been lifted.

School has now resumed after a bomb and weapons threats were received Friday morning. Richmond Hill police searched inside and out of the school and said no weapons or bombs were found.

Richmond Hill police received a phone call from someone who said that a student had a weapon. That student did not have a weapon. Police Chief Billy Reynolds said that was not the reason for the lockdown.

Another call came in a couple of minutes later. The caller said there was a bomb threat. The lockdown was then implemented, which means no one can enter or exit the school. Police blocked the entrance and exit. The entire school was searched classroom by classroom.

"We did the best of our ability to make sure there was no devices on the property. We didn't see anything and the dogs didn't come up with anything so we don't see anything," Reynolds said.

They did not evacuate the school of more than 2,000 students, instead they remained locked inside their classrooms for nearly four hours.

One senior said they couldn't even leave to go to the bathroom or go to lunch. He said investigators came inside his classroom and searched each of the students' belongings.

"We had to empty our pockets, take all the stuff out of our backpacks and they looked through all our stuff and make sure we didn't have anything," said senior Bryan Vick.

K-9, firefighters and Richmond Hill police responded.

Police said they aren't sure if both threats are related. They have no suspects.

Statement from Dr. Paul Brooksher, superintendent of Bryan County Schools: 

As a school and school system, we take all incidents very seriously and seek to take every precaution we can to ensure the safety of our students and school staff.  We want thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone involved.  Richmond Hill High School has been given an "all clear" by law enforcement and we look forward to them having a productive rest of their day and wonderful three day weekend.  "I want to thank local law enforcement, the RHHS students and staff for handling a difficult situation in a very professional manner," said Dr. Paul Brooksher, Superintendent. 

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