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Dummy grenade forces school evacuation

An Akron, Ohio, elementary school was evacuated temporarily last week when a kindergartner brought what looked like a hand grenade for show and tell.
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Officials say they evacuated an Akron, Ohio, elementary school when a kindergartner brought what looked like a hand grenade for show and tell.

According to published reports, principal Karen Gegick at Seiberling Elementary says children have to guess what classmates have brought, and the boy gave a clue last Friday morning that his item was something that blows things up. The teacher peered in his book bag and wasn't sure if what she saw was a real grenade or a toy.

District spokeswoman Karen Ingraham says the school's nearly 500 students were sent outside for what they thought was a fire drill. She says a bomb squad arrived and discovered the object was a dummy grenade sold at a local surplus store. The evacuation lasted no longer than 7 minutes, according to reports.

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