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Liberty High School Threat Declared A Hoax

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After a lock down that last several hours, Bethlehem Police, State Police and the FBI determine a 9-1-1 call warning of three armed men inside Liberty High School was a hoax.

"I got worried. I was pretty upset and I left work as fast as I could to come home. I had like an hour drive," said Eric Kaihanzel. He and his wife Heather got cryptic text messages from their oldest son Ben.

"He goes Liberty is in lock down. He sent a photo of cops and swat," said Eric as he scrolled through the messages.

"Your mind goes to all the other schools like Columbine and you think something still could happen," said Heather. 

Their son Nate was with teachers in the school basement.

"It was hard for me to picture myself being in trouble like Sandy Hook Elementary," he said.

Nate said he had little to no cell phone signal.

"I'm not able to tell my parents that I love them or I can't tell them how I feel right now," he recalled.

His older brother Ben was on lock down in the gym.

"I felt safe because I knew the cops were in the building and I knew our administration took care of it right away," said Ben.

Finally the search that lasted several hours fortunately turned up nothing. Chief Mark DiLuzio with Bethlehem City Police said he's disgusted by what happened.

"I think the joker who called this in doesn't realize a lot of people have kids in school , it affects the kids, it affects the teachers and it affects their family," said Chief DiLuzio.

The investigation continues as to where the 9-1-1 call came from and who made it.

School will be open Thursday with counselors there.

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