Bomb threat leads to school lockdown, canceled classes in Menifee

Reports of a bomb threat at a Menifee charter school led to a lockdown and school closure while officers worked to investigate the threat, Monday, April 8.

According to a news release issued by Menifee Police spokesperson Chase Coburn, Menifee PD responded to the call at Santa Rosa Academy, at 27587 La Piedra Road, at about 11:10 a.m. and immediately put the campus on lockdown out of an “abundance of caution” while the threat was investigated.

“Our dispatch center was quickly able to identify that the number associated with the threat had a history of previous Swatting calls,” Coburn said.

Menifee police took to social media throughout the length of the incident to keep the community informed saying that school administrators and police were “on campus working together to safely escort students and staff away from the school.”

Coburn said the campus remained on lockdown while officers conducted a search of the school and surrounding area to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

The campus which serves about 1,500 K-12 students, was declared safe shortly before 1 p.m. and the school canceled classes for the remainder of the day.

“Once the campus was deemed safe, officers and school officials began their reunification protocol to reunite parents with their children,” Coburn said.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Cal Fire also responded to the scene, Coburn said.

An investigation into the threat continues and anyone with information regarding the incident, should contact the Menifee Police Department at (951) 723-1500.


Kim Harris