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UPDATE -- MJHS students dismissed because of suspicious package

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Mt. Juliet High School was evacuated and then students dismissed around 10 a.m. Monday because of a suspicious package sent to the school.

The school was evacuated at 9 a.m. when office staff opened a suspicious package. However, Wilson County School officials announced at 10 a.m. the students were dismissed for the day.

The school located at 1875 Golden Bear Gateway has about 2,200 students and all were sent to the football field at first, according to Wilson County Schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson. All students are safe. The students were later dismissed at 10 a.m. at the "urging of Wilson County Emergency Management," Johnson updated. 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 for caution we decided to get the kids and staff out of the school to investigate," Johnson said.

Now, WEMA officials will "continue to assess the mysterious package that was sent to the school this morning," she said.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Department has deployed to the school, along with a Hazemat (Hazardous Materials Safety) Unit, WEMA and school officials. Johnson said the students are safe and the office workers will be checked out thoroughly. Car and buses were dismissed at 10 a.m. and parents were informed they need to pick up their children. Any students not picked up by 11 a.m. will be transported to Mt. Juliet Middle School.

Johnson reiterated no students have gotten sick.

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