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Students return to class after deputies destroy suspicious package at Henderson Co. school

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Henderson County deputies said Thursday afternoon that a suspicious package was destroyed inside West Henderson High School following a bomb threat made via social media.

Students were evacuated around 9 a.m. as deputies began investigating the threat. The students and teachers were sent to the football stadium to shelter in place.

"A tweet came in that a bomb would be going off at the high school today," Capt. Frank Stout said. Officials later confirmed the threat came from a student.

Stout said deputies found a suspicious package while conducting a thorough search of the building. The package was inside a backpack. An x-ray on the bag was inconclusive so Stout said a K-9 was brought in. The K-9 gave a positive hit.

Deputies followed protocol and destroyed the bag.

"We used a high pressure blast of water to disrupt the package," Stout said.

After investigating the materials, officials said it does not appear to have contained an explosive device. K-9s are reportedly trained to alert on a number of materials, so although the dog gave a positive hit, it doesn't mean the bag contained explosive materials.

A student suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned at the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Stout said. He said the District Attorney is being consulted on the case.

Deputies later identified the suspect as 16-year-old Carson Riley Lance, who is a student at West Henderson High. Lance is charged with one felony count of making a false bomb report on a public building.

The teen was released on a $2,000 secured bond and will appear in court at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Stout said the operation was taxing on law enforcement, EMS, Highway Patrol, firefighters and other officials.

"Any student thinking about doing anything like this," he said. "We will pursue the most aggressive charges possible.

Deputies gave an "all clear" for students to return to class around 1:30 p.m.

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