Update: Newberry HS cleared after bomb scare

Update: Alachua County Public Schools reported at 11 a.m. Friday that Newberry High School has been cleared by law enforcement and nothing suspicious was found. 

Our original story: 

For the second time in 24 hours, Newberry High School received a bomb threat Friday morning according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).

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“The call came in at 8:41 a.m.,” said ACSO spokesperson Cpt. Kaley Behl.

And like Thursday’s protocol, students are being evacuated to West Park and ACSO is sending deputies and a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit, Behl said.

On Thursday morning, Newberry High School received a bomb threat that was cleared by ACSO in the afternoon. 

“There’s a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest,” said Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe, who is also Newberry High School history teacher. 

The evacuation comes on the heels of a spate of bomb threats at Buchholz High School, the largest school in the district. Last week authorities arrested a Buchholz student they believe is responsible for at least two of the threats.

Santa Fe College also briefly shut down due to a bomb threat on Sept. 14.

Editor’s note: This is a developing story and will be updated.

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