Bomb threat against West Hills High School deemed a hoax

SANTEE (KUSI) – 5:15 p.m. – Bomb threats made against West Hills High School ruled a hoax claim.

The phone call came in about 9:15 a.m. and the caller said there were explosives stashed in four book bags and would detonate 20 minutes later.

“It sounded like a (boy) saying that he was tired of being bullied and (that) he had put backpacks around the school that were going to explode, basically,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said. “If this is a hoax, it’s a hoax. If not, we have our units here that will take care of it.”

1:14 p.m. – Students with a 12:37 p.m. release have been dismissed. Flag circle is closed – pick-up at Mast & Medina. Classes resume for students with period 7. Those students are safe and in their classrooms, according to local sheriffs.

12:27 p.m. – The lockdown has been downgraded to a secure campus. School will resume, parents are encouraged to pickup their kids at the normal time.

11:25 a.m. – A West Hills High School student, tired of being bullied, called in a bomb threat to the school Tuesday morning, sheriffs said.

According to a statement released by Jan Caldwell of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the student placed four bags with items that “should not have been in them” around the campus just after 9 a.m. and said that they would blow up a short time later.

The campus was locked down as police began searching the school for the bags, and discovered that the bags did not blow up in a manner that the student intended.

10:28 a.m. – Upon receiving a claim that multiple bombs had been placed around its campus Tuesday morning, authorities placed West Hills High School on lockdown.

A call placed to the campus at 9:16 a.m. stated that four bombs in bags would be set off on campus a short time later. Deputies were dispatched to the school, and were still investigating the campus as of 10 a.m.

9:51 a.m. – West Hills High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning following reports of an ‘unsubstantiated’ bomb threat on the campus.

This is a breaking news item, and we will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.

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