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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 5:25 pm | Updated: 11:39 am, Fri Dec 21, 2012.

SARASOTA COUNTY - North Port Police are investigating a bomb threat at North Port High School Monday morning in which extra officers and bomb sniffing dogs from Lee County were called in.

The threat was brought to resource officers after a post on Facebook which may have went out to thousands of students. The threat alluded to a similar scenario as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday -- this time with the use of explosives.

The school was not put on lockdown and was not evacuated, but school officials did send out a message to parents. Many students left for the day.

"They locked up all the bathrooms and there is a bunch of cops with dogs searching through the school. The office is packed with parents picking up their children," said student Liliya Tabakova.

"It is hard to tell what motivated this individual or individuals to post this type of information. However, we as a police department take every call of this nature very seriously," said Capt. Anthony Sirianni of the North Port Police Department.

Police say nothing was found at the school. No classes have been canceled, and the threat actually talked about violence at the school tomorrow.

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