Stockton schools bomb threat unfounded; some campuses closed

12:02 PM, Feb 26, 2010   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police said they received a call overnight of a bomb threat directed at five Stockton high schools and San Joaquin Delta Community College. 

After an inspection of the schools, police determined the threat was unfounded. 

Schools in the Lodi Unified School District, which has campuses in Stockton, and Stockton Unified School District are open as usual Friday. 

However, the Lincoln Unified School District closed several schools Friday as a precaution.  Students were allowed to go home from Lincoln High School, John McCandless Center, Sierra Middle School and Sture Larsson High School.  No elementary schools in the Lincoln district were affected.

Parents of students in the Lodi Unified School District received an automated phone message early Friday morning, notifying them of a bomb threat under investigation.  The district said the message went out to parents and staff of Bear Creek, Ronald McNair and Middle College high schools just after 6 a.m.

In its phone message to parents, the Lodi  district said, "A number of details associated with this call suggest that it is no more than a reckless prank," however, the district "is taking appropriate safety measures to ensure the safety of their students."

The Stockton Unified School District also said it received "a non-credible threat to our high school campuses," and after a search by city police and campus officers, cleared the way for classes as usual.  

Despite that, a substantial number of parents from Chavez High School arrived at the school to take their children off campus.  District spokesman Clem Lee said it was possible parents were reacting that way after another bomb threat incident at the school last August.  Parents were very critical of how the district handled a suspicious device that ended up not being a bomb.  A student was arrested for telling school staff he'd brought a bomb to school.

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