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Detroit — A perceived bomb threat forced the evacuation of students from the Brenda Scott Academy for the Theater Arts on Thursday morning.

According to spokesman Mario Morrow, the incident occurred at about 10 a.m.

“We were informed by a student who allegedly heard another student say they had a bomb in their backpack,” Morrow said. “We immediately followed the proper procedures by notifying the authorities. Police came out and evacuated the building, then did a thorough search and found nothing.”

According to Morrow, the 850 students at the academy, which is located in the 18400 block of Hoover on the city’s east side, were allowed back into the school by noon.

This is the second bomb scare metro area schools have received in the past 24 hours.

On Wednesday night, officials at Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods received information that a bomb was in the school and was set to go off at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Officials immediately checked the school for a bomb while also notifying parents and teachers that Thursday morning classes would be canceled but that school would resume on Thursday afternoon.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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