Police are searching for the caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Temple City school Friday morning, the latest in a string of threats regarding explosives across the San Gabriel Valley.
At 6:40 a.m., an anonymous 911 caller claimed that multiple bombs had been placed inside Temple City High School, which had also been subject to a false threat earlier the week.
The threat prompted a rapid response from law enforcement officials, who searched school grounds with explosive-sniffing dogs and blocked traffic on surrounding streets, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release Friday.
Several staff members and students had arrived at school at the time of the threat and were quickly evacuated, according to Lt. Loy McBride of the sheriff’s Temple Station.
“Because school hadn’t started yet, it was easier for us to secure the area,” McBride said.
Temple City Unified School District Superintendent Chelsea Kang-Smith canceled the day’s classes at Temple City High School as a safety precaution, sheriff’s Temple Station announced on Twitter.
“We want to make sure the safety of our students and our staff comes first,” Kang-Smith told the Los Angeles Times. ”It is always our belief that safety is that important.”
After an extensive search, no explosives were found at the school, a sheriff’s department tweet stated later Friday morning.
Friday’s bomb threat is the third in a week for schools in Temple City. Temple City High was the subject of a threat late Tuesday night that also turned out to be false.
Then, on Wednesday, Longden Elementary School was the target of a similar threat. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, between 300 and 400 young students were inside Longden at the time, and all were forced to evacuate to a nearby middle school.
McBride declined to comment on the details of the sheriff’s department’s investigation into the threats, but confirmed that officials were looking into a possible link between the three calls.
“We’re following every lead, every aspect. Our detective division is using every resource to find out who this person, or persons, are,” Lt. McBride said.
Earlier this month, a Monrovia man was charged with making threats involving multiple calls to police in which he allegedly claimed to have an AK-47 rifle at various locations across the San Gabriel Valley, including schools, medical facilities and a mall.
Anyone with information regarding Friday’s bomb threat at Temple City High School was asked to call Temple Station detectives at 626-285-7171. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 800-222-8477 (TIPS), texting “TIPLA” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or using the website lacrimestoppers.org.