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MJHS evacuated due to suspicious package

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Students leaving MJHS / Dallus Whitfield photo

Mt. Juliet High School was evacuated around 9 a.m. Monday because of a suspicious package.

The school located at 1875 Golden Bear Gateway has about 2,200 students and they are currently all on the football field, according to Wilson County Schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson. She said staff at the office got a package from Las Vegas this morning.

"I've been told it had some type of powder and paper clips," Johnson said.

She said some of the staff may have started "feeling funny" or had some type of reaction.

"So out of an abundance of caution we decided to get the kids and staff out of the school to investigate," Johnson said.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Department has deployed to the school, along with a Hazmat (Hazardous Materials Safety) Unit. Johnson said the students are safe and the office workers will be checked out thoroughly. Please stay tuned for more information.

UPDATE

At the urging of Wilson Emergency Management Agency (WEMA), MJHS is closing, and car riders and buses are being dismissed, according to Johnson. Any students who cannot be picked up by 11 a.m. will be transported to Mt. Juliet Middle School.

"Contrary to some reports, no students have gotten sick," Johnson added.

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