Alleged bomb threat forces high school evacuation
CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) – A Navy corpsman is in custody at Camp Pendleton on suspicion of threatening to place explosives at a high school in San Clemente.
Daniel Morgan, 22, was absent without leave when he surrendered at Camp Pendleton early Wednesday afternoon, according to 1st Lt. Eric Flanagan of I Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Camp Pendleton officials notified the Orange County Sheriff's Department about written threats found in Morgan's barracks, which was searched after he failed to report for duty.
The writings appeared to indicate that Morgan intended to place explosives at San Clemente High School, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
About 3,200 students and 180 staff were evacuated to the school's athletic field while buildings were searched. A girl fainted in the sweltering heat, apparently as a result of heat exhaustion.
A five-plus-hour search of the Avenida Pico campus turned up no sign of explosives.
Investigators also found no immediate connection between Morgan and San Clemente High School, according to Amormino.
Naval investigators were questioning the suspect. It was unclear whether he would face charges in state court or through the military justice system.