Students return to Ridgeway Middle School after evacuation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Students return to Ridgeway Middle School after evacuation

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Memphis Police Department evacuated Ridgeway Middle School as a precautionary measure as they investigated a threat made to the school, according to Shelby County Schools.

The threat turned out to be a hoax, but it scared parents and students who weren't sure what was going on at the time.

"I'm just going to wait until somebody tells me something," parent Tammy Collins said.

The school sent texts, emails, and voice mails to parents telling them about the threat. The school told parents there was no need to pick up their children but some decided to anyway.

During the evacuation, parents were not allowed on campus. The school was on alert and parents could only watch as fire trucks and police set up a parameter around the building.

Staff took parents to a nearby church, where they stayed until police and school officials gave the all clear.

Eventually, parents waiting nearby were allowed to pick up their children.

"I was having P.E. class and all of a sudden the fire alarm goes off, and we're told to get out of the school," student Will Dixon said.

"It was a little bit crazy, because they were like hurry up--hurry up," student Kaylin Brown told WMC Action News 5.

Today's events provided tense moments at Ridgeway Middle School, but the happy ending allowed parents and students to smile when it was all over.

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