Students at Kimball High, 3200 Jaguar Run, were led to the stands at the school’s football stadium just before 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, following a phone call that there was a bomb inside the building, according to Jessica Cardoza, spokeswoman for Tracy Unified School District.
Cardoza said the phone call was received by an office employee at another school around 1:20 p.m. The district office was contacted, and the decision was “almost immediately made to evacuate,” she said.
The threat was not considered credible however Cardoza said students were evacuated because the district takes every threat “as a very serious thing.”
“Based on the call, and that the bomb was said to be in a very specific location, the district felt very safe and confident having the students go to the bleachers,” she said.
District policy dictates that bomb-sniffing dogs are used to sweep a school where a bomb threat is made. Cardoza said the district has a contract with the Modesto-based service, Kontraband Intradiction and Detection Services Inc.
She said the threat is thought to be an isolated incident, and was uncertain if students from Kimball placed the call.
Nearly two hours later, a second bomb threat was found in a bathroom at Tracy High, according to Cardoza.
School was already dismissed however the campus, 315 E. 11th St., was cleared of any remaining students and staff, she said.
On Wednesday, March 13, the students were evacuated to Lincoln Park around 2:05 p.m. when bomb threats were found on the walls of two boys bathrooms.
According to Cardoza, Tracy police arrested three Tracy High students on Thursday in connection with Wednesday’s bomb threat.
No further details on the arrests or what charges might be filed were available, she said.
However, Cardoza did say that a bomb threat is a felony, and that the district will “definitely expel and definitely prosecute” any student found responsible for such an act.
Instructional time lost due to evacuations can also result in the more school days being added to end of the school year for that specific school.
“We’re hoping that parents talk with their kids about how serious these threats are and they realize that this isn’t a joke,” Cardoza said.
Bomb-sniffing dogs had cleared the school at 7:36 p.m., and class resumed on Thursday.
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