A sign welcoming children from Sandy Hook Elementry school sits on the road in Monroe, Connecticut on Jan. 3, 2013.
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Sandy Hook Elementary School evacuated after bomb threat


Sandy Hook Elementary School near Newtown, Connecticut, was evacuated Wednesday morning following a bomb threat earlier in the day.

Just after 9:30 a.m., a bomb threat was called into the school in Monroe, Connecticut, where students have attended classes following the December 2012 tragedy inside the original Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown.

Police searched the building and didn’t find any suspicious packages or evidence of a threat, according to a report from the local NBC News affiliate.

As a precaution, students and faculty were brought to a nearby school while officials searched the site. They will be dismissed soon from the remainder of the day.

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Students haven’t stepped inside the site of the former Sandy Hook school since the shooting. They have attended classes in neighboring Monroe since two weeks after the massacre.

Residents of Newtown voted last fall to raze the former structure and reconstruct a new academic building on a modified version of the Sandy Hook site. Nothing will stand where a gunman killed 26 individuals on Dec. 14, 2012.

The Board of Selectmen appointed 12 residents to decide the nature, location and funding of a permanent memorial to honor the 20 first-grade students and six educators killed in the shooting spree. Construction is expected to begin next spring.

The threat comes just a day after two U.S. schools were placed on lockdown following separate incidents – one in North Carolina and one in Kentucky – with individuals carrying and firing guns on academic grounds. Just last week, Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, was placed on lockout for more than two hours because of an undisclosed “threat.”

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Sandy Hook Elementary School evacuated after bomb threat