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Suspicious package at Dubuque elementary school Tuesday

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Students and teachers are safe following the discovery of a suspicious package Tuesday morning at a Dubuque elementary school.

A suspicious package was located on the playground of Fulton Elementary School just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to a media release from the Dubuque Community School District.

Dubuque police spokesperson Lt. Scott Baxter confirmed a Fulton Elementary School custodian spotted a small bag on the ground of the playground and noticed a wire sticking out of it.

Dubuque's police and fire departments responded immediately and established a safety perimeter around the area, which included closing off White Street between 25th and 26th streets, Baxter said.

Police brought in a K-9 unit trained to detect explosive devices, but the dog did not detect any bomb present, Baxter said. That's when a commander approached the bag and found the wire sticking out was an A/V cord. Other than that, Baxter said, the bag was empty. Police officials then removed it from the playground.

While this was going on, staff members at Fulton Elementary conducted activities with students in the gym, which police and fire officials designated a safe area.

The scene was all clear by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"Students and staff were never in any danger and learning continued," Fulton's principal Chris Nugent said in an e-mail and voicemail to students' family members. "We wanted you to know that our students were in a safe location at all times today and, as always, we take all situations like this seriously."

Below is the full text of the e-mail and voicemail parents received, as sent to KWWL by Dubuque Community School District's director of school and community relations Mike Cyze.

Good morning Fulton families,

Just before 8 a.m. this morning, a suspicious package was located on the playground at Fulton Elementary School. The police and fire departments responded and immediately established a safety perimeter around the area. A K-9 unit trained to detect explosives cleared the area and personnel then removed the package from the playground, ultimately determining it was empty. Fulton staff conducted activities with students in the gym, which was designated a safe area by authorities, until the all clear was given just after 9:30 a.m.

Students and staff were never in any danger and learning continued. We wanted you to know that our students were in a safe location at all times today and, as always, we take all situations like this seriously.

Thank you.

Chris Nugent

Principal, Fulton Elementary School

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