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West Jeff Middle School students return after evacuation

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By Doug Bell

Students returned to West Jefferson Middle School at midmorning Wednesday after the school was evacuated when a teacher found a suspicious package in the school. The box turned out to be full of garden tools.

School district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer said the 583 students at West Jeff were taken to Conifer High School after the package was discovered about 6:30 a.m. The evacuation occurred about 8 a.m.

Setzer said the Jefferson County sheriff's bomb squad reported to the school and determined the package was not hazardous. Students then were bused back to the school.