Nine San Diego schools have been put on lockdown this afternoon after someone called in bomb and shooting threat. Local media outlets are reporting that the threats were made against eight of the nine schools that are on lockdown. Eight of the schools on lockdown belong to the San Diego Unified School District.
Threats phoned into San Diego schools
Administrators are requesting that parents stay away from the schools but added that all of the students are safe at this time. Thus far, police have not found any explosives or gunmen, and no injuries have been reported, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. They have heightened security measures at the schools.
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The first threat was called in to San Ysidro High School at around 9:15 a.m. local time in San Diego. The school belongs to the Sweetwater Union High School District, unlike the other eight schools that are locked down, which belong to the Unified School District. Officials said the caller said “something would happen” at the school within 15 minutes.
By 9:30, several other San Diego schools started to receive threats, according to a spokesperson for the San Diego Unified School district. She said some of the threats were bomb threats, while others were threats of a shooting. She added that most or all of those threats came in via a telephone call.
Police tighten security at 12 schools
At first, police told school administrators to have teachers and students shelter in place, but as more and more schools began to receive threats, officials told them to lock the schools down completely. Officials are not allowing anyone into or out of the school campuses.
According to Fox 5 San Diego, police heightened security at 12 San Diego schools because of the threats. Administrators at all the affected schools have tweeted and/ or contacted parents to reassure them that the students are safe. After officers have confirmed that the threats are not real, students will resume classes.