San Diego

Threats Prompt Lockdowns at 10 High Schools: District

Phoned in threats were received at eight schools within 15 minutes. Two additional schools received threats hours later

Eight high schools in San Diego received threats Thursday, prompting lock downs and an immediate response from San Diego and district police officers. Two hours later, two additional schools received threats, officials said.

As of 12:40 p.m., lockdowns were lifted at seven of the schools, according to San Diego Unified School District. The remaining three schools were cleared approximately 20 minutes later.

The initial list of schools included: 

  • Scripps Ranch
  • Patrick Henry
  • Morse
  • SD High
  • Clairemont
  • Crawford
  • Kearny
  • Mira Mesa

Each individual school received a threat via a phone call, according to San Diego Unified Chief Public Information Officer Ursula Kroemer.

The first call was received at 9:30 a.m. and the last call was received at 9:48 a.m., Kroemer said.

Some received a threat related to a potential shooting while others received a threat related to a potential device on campus, she added.

At 11:30, the district posted a Tweet adding two more high schools to the list:

  • Point Loma
  • La Jolla

The schools were immediately placed on lockdown and police were dispatched. San Diego Police were called to assist in some instances.

"The schools are safe," Kroemer said. "Your students are absolutely safe."

"When we have a school in a lockdown, students remain in the classroom. All activity is put on hold," she said.

One NBC 7 news crew was on the campus of San Diego High School where there was a police presence as of 10:30 a.m.The school has been locked down due to threats, officials said.

NBC 7 Newschopper captured SDPD patrol cars parked outside Crawford and Scripps Ranch High Schools.

SDUSD officials are asking that parents not go to schools and pickup students.

At 11:49 a.m. Point Loma principal sent a text message to parents alerting them to the threat and the fact that law enforcement was present on campus.

One student inside Point Loma High School said the lights were turned off in her classroom and there was paper covering the windows.

At 12:40 p.m., officials announced the lockdowns had been lifted at seven high schools including: Patrick Henry, Morse, San Diego, Scripps Ranch, Crawford, Mira Mesa and Clairemont. Classes would be released at normal times.

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