Lockdowns at Sweetwater High School, Olivewood Elementary lifted after email threat
Threat claimed bomb was at one of the schools
Last Updated: 44 days ago
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - Two South Bay schools were locked down Tuesday after an anonymous email was sent out claiming that a bomb had been planted at one of the campuses.
Sweetwater High School and Olivewood Elementary School in National City were both placed on lockdown at approximately 9:10 a.m.
10News learned that someone sent an anonymous email that stated there was a bomb at either Sweetwater Union High or Olivewood. 10News learned a principal at Sweetwater Union High School and at least one teacher received the email.
Authorities cleared Olivewood Elementary School by noon, with National School District Superintendent Christopher Oram, Ed.D. issuing this statement:
"This morning National City Police Department contacted National School District and informed us that there was a potential bomb threat to Olivewood Elementary School and Sweetwater High School. We have established procedures in place to deal with this type of situation. We are cooperating fully with the NCPD. The students were evacuated a safe distance away from the buildings. The rooms were searched and cleared by the NCPD and children have returned to their classrooms. The school is on lockdown and the NCPD has directed us to not release students until Sweetwater High School has been cleared."
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the lockdown at Sweetwater High School was lifted after authorities concluded their search of the campus and found no dangerous devices.
Sweetwater Union High School District officials said students were dismissed for the rest of the day, but all afterschool activities were canceled. Officials said school would resume as normal on Wednesday.
Administrators kept all students secured in their classrooms during the search, according to police.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.
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