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San Gabriel Elementary students to remain at temporary locations Monday

San Gabriel Elementary school in Atascadero will remain closed at least through Monday, Sept. 14, as investigators continue looking into threatening letters and a suspicious device left on campus Friday.

Photos by Laura Dickinson 9-13-15
San Gabriel Elementary school in Atascadero will remain closed at least through Monday, Sept. 14, as investigators continue looking into threatening letters and a suspicious device left on campus Friday. Photos by Laura Dickinson 9-13-15 ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

A week after threatening letters and a suspicious object were found at San Gabriel Elementary School, Atascadero Unified School District officials were still waiting for the results from a thorough inspection of the campus.

Classes and transportation will remain in their temporary locations Monday, the district said in a statement Friday afternoon.

A meeting was held Thursday to share information with concerned parents anxious for details about the incident that prompted the school district to close the San Gabriel Elementary campus for the past week and send the school’s 570 students to three campuses in Atascadero and Santa Margarita.

Police do not have a suspect or anyone in custody related to the incident that involved both the letters and a suspicious object near the school playground that were discovered before classes started on Sept. 11.

The object was zip-tied to a fence near the playground. Law enforcement officials said the liquid initially tested positive for a dangerous chemical substance; the FBI is testing it in Quantico, Va.

A certified environmental-monitoring service was hired by the district to thoroughly examine the interior and exterior of the school.

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