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Dillingham schools close early after bomb threat

Dillingham Middle/High School on September 19, 2023.
Christina McDermott
Dillingham Middle/High School on September 19, 2023.

The Dillingham City School District closed late in the morning on September 19 after receiving a bomb threat. Local law enforcement arrived on the scene, and students and staff began leaving school just before noon.

School officials said in a statement that an identical threat was made to districts statewide, and that local, state and national law enforcement plan to investigate it. The district said they were closing school "out of an abundance of caution."

The Dillingham City Police said they planned to check the school buildings after they were empty.

Update: Southwest Region School District said in a statement that Aleknagik School and Clarks Point School both received the bomb threat, and closed for the day as a cautionary measure to protect students and staff.

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Christina McDermott began reporting for KDLG, Dillingham’s NPR member station, in March 2023. Previously, she worked with KCBX News in San Luis Obispo, California, where she focused on local news and cultural stories. She’s passionate about producing evocative, sound-rich work that informs and connects the public.