Suitcase left at another Durham school

October 7, 2009 8:53:51 AM PDT
For the second time this week, an empty suitcase was found at a Durham school.Wednesday morning authorities were dispatched to Githens Middle School on Old Chapel Hill Durham Road in response to a suspicious package.

According to the Durham County Sheriff's Officer, the school's resource officer noticed a black bag, similar to a computer bag leaning against the building around 8:40 a.m.

The deputy was unable to find the bag's owner so he treated it as a suspicious package.

Students who were near the area where evacuated to the rear of the school, but remained inside the building until the investigation was complete.

Authorities and a hazardous unit were called to investigate. An X-ray of the bag revealed it was empty and a manual search confirmed that.

The area was given the "all clear" at 10:27 a.m.

The sheriff's office was not able to verify ownership of the bag, so they took into their possession. A spokesperson for the office said there is nothing that leads them to believe it is related to a similar incident that happened Monday.

An empty suitcase was discovered near the main entrance of Northern Durham High School.

In that situation, authorities locked down the school and evacuated the school's front office as a precaution. It was later determined that the suitcase was harmless.

Authorities say the two incidents seem to be unrelated and are coincidental.

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