Morton East High School bomb threat was a hoax, Cicero police say

The start of the school day at Morton East High School in west suburban Cicero was delayed Monday morning after someone phoned in a threat to the school.

"The Morton East High School start has been delayed today as local law enforcement in conjunction with county officials address a potential safety threat," a statement posted on the school's website said. "Students will be in classes shortly and school will be in session the remainder of the day."

Officials at the school received a phone call about 7:45 a.m. and the caller said, "Morton East is going to blow up," according to a spokesman for the town of Cicero.

The school was closed as police searched the building with bomb-sniffing dogs for more than two hours, according to the statement. Nothing was found during the sweep and students were allowed to enter.

Police believe the call was a hoax.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2016.)
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