Suspicious phone calls led to the lockdown of a local high school, Wednesday, Nov. 8, according to police.
The calls, threatening to blow up Murrieta Valley High School were received at about 9 a.m., a Murrieta Police Department press release said.
“School Resource Officers along with school and MVUSD staff immediately began investigating the calls.” the release said.
The school was placed on a lockdown, which lasted nearly three and one-half hours, as a safety precaution while the Riverside County Bomb Squad and its four specially trained K-9s searched the school for incendiary devices.
According to a social media post on the Murrieta Unified School District Facebook page, no explosive devices were found at the school.
“After a thorough search of MVHS, no explosive devices were found and Murrieta Police have determined that the campus is safe and the lockdown is being lifted,” the posting said.
Students were released to their parents at 12:20 p.m.
According to the district’s Facebook page, it was likely that no “purposeful instruction” would take place during the remainder of the day.
“At this point in the day, students need food and rest,” the post reported.
MVHS students were released room by room through a single gate on campus and buses did transport the students home.
“The safety of students and staff is our highest priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation throughout this incident,” the posting said.
Officers are continuing the investigation into who placed the phone calls and anyone with any information regarding he incident should contact School Resource Officer Carla Sanchez at (951) 461-6884. Anonymous tip can be made by calling We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.