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Bomb threat at Templeton High School leads to evacuation

Details about bomb threat at Templeton High School

Tony Cipolla, spokesman for San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, talks about the response to a bomb threat at Templeton High School on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.
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Tony Cipolla, spokesman for San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, talks about the response to a bomb threat at Templeton High School on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

An anonymous phone call to the administration office of Templeton High School led to a full evacuation of the campus early Monday afternoon as the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Bomb Task Force swept the school room by room.

No suspicious devices or items were found, and no one was injured during the evacuation.

School district officials called the incident a hoax and classes are to resume as normal Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said a male called the school’s office about 11:55 a.m. and made a “generalized threat” toward the school involving a bomb, but spokesman Tony Cipolla said he would not elaborate further because the investigation was ongoing.

The school notified law enforcement, and sheriff’s deputies and personnel from the Templeton Community Fire Department responded to the campus at 1200 S. Main St.

Students and staff were evacuated from the campus, which was thoroughly searched over the next three hours by sheriff’s deputies and a bomb-sniffing canine unit from California State Parks.

Templeton Unified School District staff notified students’ parents of the incident, and parents began picking their children up near the campus starting at 1:30 p.m.

By 4 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office had cleared the grounds and turned it back over to school officials.

In a prepared statement after the incident, district superintendent Joe Koski praised his staff and students’ handling of the evacuation, as well as parents who waited patiently while the dismissal protocol was followed.

“Your cooperation was instrumental in the speedy restoration of regular activities,” Koski wrote.

Koski wrote that district staff chose not to lock down any other district campus because the threat was localized to a specific area, but that custodial and maintenance staff were “on alert” across the district.

All classes will be back in session Tuesday. All students who left items behind during the evacuation are asked to report to the room in which they left the belongings prior to reporting to their Period 1 class.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the threatening phone call to call the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550 or call Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

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