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An expected walkout by students at a southwest Detroit Public School was interrupted by a legitimate bomb threat that caused a brief evacuation, school officials said Friday.

Students at Western International High School were planning a walk-out Friday in support of a security guard who was recently transferred out. But then sometime Friday morning, a bomb threat prompted an emergency evacuation.

Chrystal Wilson, an assistant superintendent of communications and marketing at DPS, said the student walkout was "planned for today, however, the school received a bomb threat prior to the walkout so we had to evacuate the building."

Wilson said the school followed protocol and "responded to it as such." The students she said were let back into the building but she did not know when the bomb threat was issued or how quickly the students were let back into the building.

The school was searched with a K-9 unit but no suspicious items or packages were located, she said.

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