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A bomb threat written Thursday on a bathroom wall led Greenwood County School District 52 staff to dismiss students early, said Superintendent Rex Ward.

Someone wrote a threat on the wall of a bathroom stall at Ninety Six High School, Ward said, and the threat listed a specific time. Ward said as a precaution, the district decided to dismiss students early.

Ninety Six primary and elementary schools dismissed at 2 p.m., while the middle and high school dismissed at 2:20 p.m.

Ninety Six police were joined by State Law Enforcement Division agents to search the middle and high school for any possible explosive. With the help of bomb-detecting dogs, both schools were cleared, Ward said.

Ninety Six Police Chief Chris Porter said officers are investigating who wrote the threat.