Online Shooting Threats Prompt Lockdowns At 2 Carmel Valley Schools
Online shooting threats prompted lockdowns Thursday at two high schools a few miles apart in the Carmel Valley area while police searched the campuses, finding no immediate hazards.
The first scare took place at Torrey Pines High School. It began about 10:30 a.m. with a 911 call from a man who reported receiving a text message about the threat from his son, a student who'd heard about it from a classmate, according to San Diego police.
Teachers kept students secured in their classrooms while officers went through the campus. By mid-afternoon, authorities were allowing students to leave the school grounds, San Diego police spokesman Humberto Hernandez said.
"If you need to pick up your student, you can pick up your student in the student lot," authorities posted on the school's Facebook page. "At this time the campus is closed and all students, staff and parents should not return to campus tonight. All events on campus are cancelled except the CIF events that were moved."
The search of the Del Mar Heights Road school was winding down when, shortly before 3 p.m., a staffer at nearby Canyon Crest Academy made an emergency call to report that someone had posted a menacing website posting about a shooting there as well.
Administrators secured everyone inside rooms at the East Village Center Loop Road campus while police went over the grounds. The search continued into the late afternoon.
According to the San Dieguito Union High School District website, students began being released at 3:25 p.m., under "a large police presence." The district said it would be posting updates on its website.