Capistrano School District Students Asked to ‘Shelter in Place’ Due to Bomb Threat

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Students in the Capistrano Unified School District were temporarily asked to “shelter in place” Wednesday following a bomb threat that included multiple schools.

San Clemente High School is seen in this photo taken from Google Maps.
San Clemente High School is seen in this photo taken from Google Maps.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department alerted the district after receiving an anonymous call regarding a possible threat of pipe bombs placed at local school sites, the district stated on its website.

All high schools, middle schools, and some elementary schools were asked to “shelter in place” while the Sheriff’s Department responded to the threat and swept the campuses, according to the school district.

The “shelter in place” order would remain in effect until it was deemed safe for students to be released, the post stated. The order was an administrative decision made by the school district, sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

A hazardous device squad and bomb dogs were sent to San Clemente High School, according to a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

All elementary and middle schools were cleared for students to be released as of 3:20 p.m., according to an update on the School District’s website.

The lockdowns at the two high schools were lifted by 4 p.m., the district said on its website.

No explosive devices were found, the Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter.

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