Manhattan Beach Schools Shut Down Due to ‘Specific Threat’
Manhattan Beach Police issued a public alert Friday morning.
A “specific threat” has resulted in the closure of Mira Costa High School and Pennekamp Elementary School in Manhattan Beach this morning (Friday, Dec. 11).
The threat comes on the heels of a bomb threat Monday morning that prompted police to evacuate the high school campus. Authorities, including police K-9 teams, did not find anything suspicious and classes resumed on Tuesday. Students were allowed to return to campus Monday between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to retrieve personal belongings.
Today’s threat was received via email by Mira Costa High School staff, according to MBPD Sergeant Matt Sabosky. Manhattan Beach Unified School District administrators “have cancelled classes at Mira Costa High School and Pennekamp Elementary in the interest of safety.”
Pennekamp is located a short distance from the high school.
MBPD detectives are currently investigating the threat. Anyone with any information related to the threat should contact MBPD Detective Michael Rosenberger at (310) 802-5127.
In an email sent to parents, Mira Costa Principal Ben Dale wrote,
“Hi Mustang Family,
We received a more specific threat this morning, and in order to again exercise an abundance of caution, we have closed the school today. We apologize for the inconvenience and alarm, but we take these threats seriously. We are working with MBPD to catch whoever has made the threat to our campus. We will send updates as we have them, stay tuned.
Please ask your student to check-in with their teachers on-line for content or assignments they can be doing at home.”
Police are asking the public to “stay away from the area until further information is provided,” according to a Nixle alert.
This article will be updated as more information is available.