Students at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach are being allowed back onto campus to collect belongings they left during this morning’s quick evacuation after a bomb threat was called in.
“... nothing suspicious was found in any room on campus,’ wrote Dr. Michael Matthews, Manhattan Beach Unified School District superintendent, in an email to parents. Students have until 5 p.m. to retrieve items, Carolyn Seaton, executive director of Human Resources, told InsideMB.net.
The high school, the only one in the district, will be open for normal school classes and programs88 tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 8). “We look forward to welcoming our students and having a productive day,” wrote Dr. Matthews.
The incident began around 8:18 a.m. when Manhattan Beach police responded to a report of a bomb threat at the school. “Police units assisted school staff with evacuating classrooms, offices and buildings while additional law enforcement agencies arrived to provide support,” said Officer Martin.
“The police and fire departments did a phenomenal job,” Seaton told InsideMB.net of the evacuation and handling of the entire situation.
Up to 80 staffers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Long Beach Police Department, Hawthorne Police Department, Beverly Hills Police Department, Los Angeles World Airport Police Department, Port of Los Angeles Police Department, and the United States Coast Guard responded to the incident.
Seaton said the interagency work was remarkable: “It was phenomenal to see how the agencies coordinate their efforts and kept us all safe, students and staff.”
Police K-9 teams from all over the South Bay provided assistance in the campus search for a bomb.
“Upon thoroughly searching rooms, buildings, halls and outlying areas, the campus was cleared of any suspicious items,” said Officer Martin.
The caller, described as male, did not provide specifics as to time and/or a reason for the threat, she said.
School officials canceled classes for the day and the entire campus was cleared in less than 40 minutes, said Officer Martin.