Lockdown on Six Schools in Poway Unified School District Lifted Following Anonymous Phone Call Threat

SDPD and Poway Unified School District are asking parents to remain calm and not rush to the schools


Six schools in the Poway Unified School District were placed on lockdown Thursday following an anonymous phone call threat to Del Norte High School, but a Poway Unified spokesperson confirmed there is no evidence of an actual physical threat.

"In an abundance of caution, the police have placed us on secure campus, while they investigate an anonymous phone call threat," said Christine Paik, Poway Unified spokesperson.

The lockdowns placed on Del Norte High School, Design 39, Stone Ranch Elementary, Monterey Ridge Elementary School, and Del Sur Elementary were lifted at around 2 p.m. as well as Maranatha School. Oak Middle Valley School was also no longer on a "secure campus" and all students were reuniting with their parents.

The schools were placed on lockdown after the San Diego County Sheriff's received an anonymous phone call threat from a Google number with a robotic voice saying someone was going to, "shoot up Del Norte High and a nearby elementary school." Immediately San Diego police and San Diego County Sheriff's came to Del Norte High to begin investigating the threat.

Paik later said there was no evidence of an actual physical threat to any school campus.

"Any threat is taken very seriously, especially after what just happened," SDPD Lt. Adam Sharki said.

SDPD said there will be an extra police presence at the schools Friday. The investigation continues.

San Diego Mayor, Todd Gloria tweeted in response to this incident saying that families and students experienced the "agony of terror" as they waited for police to determine the nature of the threat.

This threat occurred two days after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children in their last week of school before the summer break. Two adults were also killed, with many more injured in Tuesday's massacre at Robb Elementary School.

It was the deadliest school shooting since a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago.

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