Students at Mira Costa High School are once again experiencing an elevated threat level as police and school officials comb the campus to evaluate a voicemail threat leveled against the school that came in around 1 p.m. today, according to an email message sent out by Superintendent Dr. Michael Matthews of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.
The initial threat assessment by the Manhattan Beach Police Department, done while students and staff remained in classrooms, resulted in students being released “to a controlled area during lunch while MBPD searches and clears the remaining areas of the campus in question,” wrote Dr. Matthews.
“This process should not take long, and we believe it is very likely that we will be able to verify that the entire campus is safe and continue the day of learning for our students.
“As you know, safety is our highest priority as well as the highest priority of MBPD, and we are confident that they are taking every precaution to ensure that our students and staff are safe.”
Today’s incident is the third to strike the campus in seven days. Last Monday, a bomb threat prompted officials to evacuate and close the campus for the day and another threat on Friday resulted in the closure of MCHS and the nearby Pennekamp Elementary.
“As with our previous situations, we continue to ask that if you become aware of any information that might be beneficial to us in investigating the source of these disruptions to teaching and learning, please share it with the Manhattan Beach Police Department,” wrote Dr. Matthews.