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Elementary School in Pendleton Evacuated Thursday Afternoon

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McKay Elementary School in Pendleton has been evacuated as a precautionary measure according to the Pendleton School District. Police and Fire Departments are on scene. McKay Elementary School in Pendleton has been evacuated as a precautionary measure according to the Pendleton School District. Police and Fire Departments are on scene.

UPDATE: In a release sent by the Pendleton School District:  McKay Creek Elementary School evacuated students and staff as a precautionary measure at approximately 1:05 p.m. Thursday after a student reported a powdery substance inside of a military-style bag to a teacher.

Students and staff followed proper evacuation procedures and loaded onto buses, but were not transported. Emergency personnel confirmed the substance was actually weightlifting powder, and the evacuation was lifted at approximately 1:50 p.m.

All students and staff remained safe during the incident.

“Safety comes first in our District, so we evacuated as a precaution since we were unsure as to what the substance was at first,” said Assistant Superintendent Tricia Mooney. “I’d like to commend our students and staff for how well they followed our emergency procedures this afternoon. These types of incidents can be scary, especially for younger students, so their ability to remain calm and follow directions this afternoon is outstanding.”

Students and staff returned to the building to finish out the remainder of the school day. Afternoon buses will remain on their normal schedules

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PENDLETON, WA - McKay Creek Elementary School in Pendleton has been evacuated as a precautionary measure according to the Pendleton School District.

Police and Fire Departments are on scene.

This is a developing story.

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