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Police: Threats against Northeast MS traced to out-of-state juveniles

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem police said two social media threats made against Northeast Middle School this week are not credible.

Police were first made aware of a threat on Instagram Tuesday.

On Thursday night, officials found out about additional threatening language on social media. Police said that threat referenced Tuesday's incident.

Detectives were able to trace the posts to a home in another state and several juveniles ages 10-12.

Investigators said they believe the threats were only meant to disrupt school and are not credible.

As a precaution, police provided extra patrols at school during the day Friday. 

Donna Holmes, the director of community relations and development for the Palisades School District, says police cleared the scene just after 2:30 p.m. and no bomb was found. 

Students and staff were shuttled back to the school to pick up their belongings before dismissal, she said.

Police and school officials are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call Bethlehem police at 610-865-7187.

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