Updated Aug. 21 11:30 a.m.: After an interior and exterior sweep of Maricopa High School, students returned to business as normal.
A person contacted the school and said there were several bombs on campus, Maricopa Police Department officials said in a statement.
“Finding no evidence to support the claims made in the initial threat, MPD gave an all-clear, allowing students to return to class,” the statement read.
Original story Aug. 21 9:49 a.m.: Maricopa Police Department received a report of a bomb threat at Maricopa High School this morning.
Students and staff were evacuated out of buildings and onto the football field while police inspected the campus, according to Maricopa Unified School District spokesperson Mishell Terry.
“Officers (a)re still there doing a sweep of the campus to make sure everything was safe, so they could release students back to class,” said Monica Wiliams, a spokesperson for Maricopa police.
MUSD blasted emails to MHS parents.
“Though we feel the potential for real danger is unlikely, we are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” said the email.
Parents were given the choice to pick up their children during the evacuation. Classes are planned to resume after the buildings are searched.
If you choose to pick up your student, follow this procedure:
- Arrival: Approach the Parent Check-in Area near the football field entrance.
- ID Verification: Present a photo ID for verification.
- Check-in: Provide your child’s name. Staff will bring them to you.
- Alternate Pick-up: If sending someone else, they must be listed as an emergency contact and present a photo ID.
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