All-clear issued after suspicious package found at Willows High School

Mar 9, 2015 4:27 PM by News Staff

All Willows High School students were sent home early Monday when the school received a suspicious package in the mail.

Willows police say the package was received in the mail just before the school's lunch hour Monday. It was addressed to Principal Holly McLaughlin and appeared to have been sent from the east coast.

McLaughlin told police she was not expecting anything in the mail, and authorities decided that in light of recent events at the high school, extra safety precautions should be taken.

The Butte County Bomb Squad was called to examine the device, which was found to contain paperwork wrapped in a rope.

On Thursday morning students sat in the school's hallway in lieu of class, as protest to the school board's impending decision not to tenure popular teachers Paul Gadbois and Paul Bailey.

The controversy surrounding the teachers escalated last Friday when McLaughlin told police that several students had allegedly threatened the children of school board members on social media.

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