Kimball High evacuated for bomb threat
by Joel Danoy
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Bomb scare at Kimball
Kimball High School students wait in the bleachers of Don Nicholson Stadium after the campus was evacuated for a bomb threat on Thursday, March 14.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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For the second time in as many days, a Tracy Unified School District high school was evacuated during school hours for a bomb threat.

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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Mom#1
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March 15, 2013
One thing I have to say LAMMERS needs to finally get fixed once and for all... Evacuation at your kids school and it takes 2 hrs. to get them. That's RIDICULOUS!!! That street is a major hazard and not safe in major school emergencies.. How much longer is it going to take? What's really going on? It's frustrating...
1219tracy
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March 15, 2013
Any truth to the rumor that they found an actual bomb at Tracy High and the kids have been on lockdown all morning?
gse1616
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March 15, 2013
I think TUSD did a good job in handling all the difficult situations the last few days. In this day and age no threat can be taken as false. Who would have thought a kid would murder 5 year olds? To my knowledge no one was hurt the last three days. I remember the days when schools were the safest place you could be during the day. Now you have to be on alert for anything out of the norm.
99999k
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March 14, 2013
All these damn schools care about their money but not us students being safe ,like if I don't feel safe then why and the heck would I got to school for ? The principles are telling parents "still send your students here"wth? That is just ridiculous . We had to sit outside for about an hour , Smh! I'm sick of Kimball not only me saying this but other students who've been there longer then me are saying this.Kim all is making their selves look really bad. And they're loosing money. Smh I might just transfer to west high I'm sick of being here at this school ,dude.
concernedcitizen255
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March 14, 2013
Your grammar is the pinnacle of excellence. Sarcasm aside, our teachers do care about our safety, if they truly didn't care about us there would have been no evacuation. They cannot foresee every event in the future and its not fair to place blame on them for something they could not control. The staff today did an excellent job, and to those of you who think that it is not safe to send your child to school at kimball ill say this; no violence has actually happened at kimball, It's all been rumors and threats. I feel incredibly safe at kimball, and that feeling was definitely reaffirmed based on how the staff conducted themselves during this situation. Also, what is "Smh"?
1219tracy
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March 15, 2013
@concernedcitizen255 smh=shake(ing) my head. I think the whole ordeal has been unsettling for everyone and I think it's what people are responding to when they say they feel unsafe. Not knowing what will happen or if its going to continue to happen, all the disruptions...I think some people are afraid we are getting lulled into a false sense of security and something will happen when this all dies down. Let's hope not.
TracyDude2
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March 14, 2013
All I know is that traffic sucked getting off 205. Cars blocking intersection.No police around what a mess.
63773
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March 14, 2013
I'm sorry but this whole evacuation was out of control. As a student I feel like I should be able to say how I feel about how this all happened. When the PA went off and said to go to the stadium and everyone stared walking within not even a minute of everyone evacuating I lost almost my whole class and my teacher. The should have been way more organized. And then, they didn't even notify our parents until 5:00 after the whole incident happened! I actually had to call my mom myself (then got yelled at by a teacher for using my phone) to come and get me. Too much has happened this week and its getting really irritating. The school is handling it horribly. All the security guards care about is lanyards. Why do they think that will make us feel safe? Having a piece of fabric around our necks? No. They really need to get it together.
MichaelMCK
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March 14, 2013
I don't know who you have, but on the PA it said to bring our things and my teacher told me to bring our things.

As soon as we got in the stadium it was made very clear by Mrs. Dominichelli on the loudspeaker that we couldand should call home, so maybe your teacher wasn't paying attention. But we could hear it just fine on the Home side and I never saw a single teacher object to us using the phones the whole time because at least mine knew our parents would be concerned and really what could they really do to stop us anyway?

My teacher reasoned it was going to take a while to call all 2000 parents at their numbers to let people know what was happening. Hello? They only have so many phones even if it's some voice message.

Lanyards may not be perfect, but we're supposed to use them for this very reason. While some people from last year may come on campus with them most are in college anyway or could care less to come, so then security can see us at least at a distance and make a reasonable guess we belong there.
Giants1
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March 14, 2013
Just received a nice phone message telling me my kids are safe at school and to send them tomorrow. Can you tell how you know this? Can you tell me that you have arrested someone for the threats that been going on since last Friday? I wish I could believe this info. Everyday it's something new :(

Yay, for the Tracy High arrests that has to put families more at ease. I pray Kimball can find comfort soon so we can feel safe again and let are kids go back to school.
MichaelMCK
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March 14, 2013
Good for them, but didn't someone else put a threat at the school today? Probably not the same people but copycats :/

I agree, hopefully the Kimball people responsible will be found too. I hope they can trace that call about the bomb today.
39738162
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March 14, 2013
@MichaelMCK I wonder if you'll learn how much of a dick you are.
MichaelMCK
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March 14, 2013
What, for selling out the students who totally blew off their parents and screwed around off campus, while everyone else who was really scared and truly stayed home and maybe making those who stayed at school feel they missed out? I don't care.

This is serious. People should take this serious, not play around and party off campus like this was some day off.
MikeJ01
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March 14, 2013
I wonder if the Principle is going to also blame this on Coach Anastasio?
MichaelMCK
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March 14, 2013
I wonder if you will learn how to spell.

It's "principal" people! Lower case too when you don't attach a proper noun to the title.
39738162
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March 14, 2013
Only reason they want to add school days is so they can get paid.. It has nothing to do with loss of "instructional time", we lost like two periods.. C'mon now.
MichaelMCK
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March 14, 2013
Do you really think even teachers want to stay extra days?!? They got plans too. I'm sure it is meant as a warning to those who would want to continue this sort of behavior and become copycats. Several students exploited the fears of their parents yesterday by "staying home" up until the moment their parents went to work, and then plastered photos of themselves living it up at IHOP and the kickback at Madison Park (or did you not see those messages in your social loop?)on Instagram. There are a lot who think this is a joke, and this is dangerous and YES a waste of instructional time if it continues.

Not to mention:

1) A massive amount of time has been lost behind the scenes. Extra curricular activites such as sports are now costing time and money to our schools and others

2) Teachers were supposed to submit grades by tonight for last quarter, but have had to spend countless hours now in meetings making sure they know information and are aware of the safety measures they have to perform to keep their students safe. I bet that's something you care about especially if you are a senior or are in sports.

I for one am sick of it, and I hope whoever is responsible will be punished
Bussmx
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March 14, 2013
I assure you we do not want to add days period!!!!!!
backinblack
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March 14, 2013
I don't have kids so maybe this is not my place to opine, but it seems to me the anger of everyone invloved should be directed at the idiots who perpetrated the threats, and no one else.

As I wrote on a different story, bring charges of domestic terrorism, I mean by the comments of how scared parents were and having thoughts of pulling their kids from school at least for a day or two, I'd say this qualifies as an act of terror. What's an act of terror? Violence or the threat of violence to coerce people in order to attain a goal. This doesn't appear religeous or political but it sure as hell achieved a goal of shutting down the school.

Bottom line, nail their backsides to the wall if convicted. And I sure as hell don't want to hear about how great their parents are and it was just poor judgment, drop the hammer on the terrorists and hand the parents a bill for emergency services, class interruption, basically every penny it cost to deal with this outrageous series of threats.

Let's not forget, when news like this gets out it could weigh on businesses thinking of moving here so it's not a stretch to say these acts of terror may have an economic impact on our city.

122096
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March 14, 2013
school should just be cancelled..they said they had it under control.. but look NO.. this is ridiculous
vrhapsody
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March 14, 2013
The staff tried as hard as it can to get everyone out of the school. You can't just insist to have school cancelled; if so, more days would be added to the end of the year, fueling more protest than what has been going on right now. So far, no actual violence had happened in Kimball, only threats. Just because Kimball has more 'action' than usual doesn't mean that it's a dangerous school.
39738162
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March 14, 2013
Why are you guys blaming the school? The bomb was said to be in the P.E building which is right next to the office.. Of course the staff couldn't call parents!
lifeasweknowit
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March 14, 2013
As a Tracy High parent I give kudos to the faculty and staff for the quick reaction time yesterday, getting the kids to safety, and keeping the parents informed. Todays incident seems to be as school let out, as a parent I immediately checked the school and district web site and found the information I needed.. With 3 arrests being made today hopefully there will be an end to this.. Thank you THS staff!
vrhapsody
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March 14, 2013
As a freshmen from Kimball, I will say that the evacuation plan was on short notice and many of the students decided to go their own way; many classes were separated as a result of this. The staff honestly tried to do their best to handle the situation but parents could not get to their kids in a timely behavior; there are about two thousand students there and they called out names one at a time. Student drivers could not leave until standard dismissal time (although I guess understandable; doing that would cause traffic). Saying that Kimball is no longer safe anymore isn't a correct statement, but the school should work on improving the efficiency of their emergency plans. It seems like the rambunctious students are more at fault than the staff is, they are just following district protocol, after all.
Jbrandy
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March 14, 2013
My sons father and I didn't get a call from the school or anything. I wouldnt have known anything happened if my son hadn't called me...though I could barely hear him with the chaos in the background. I can only imagine being the parent that was pulling up NOT knowing what was going on and see all of the police...I would have had a heart attack!!!
Tracyparent
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March 14, 2013
I am a parent who was one of the first to arrive after I got a call that there was a bomb threat. I will say that I thought the admin handled it very well. The process of getting kids did take a while but the staff and police officers stayed cool-headed with irate parents, and stayed focused on the students' safety.

There is a lot of complaining and bad mouthing on here about the Admin at Kimball,and I think that is a shame. They have handled this situation as well, if not better, than any other high school currently going through these issues, both in town and throughout NorCal this week.

I feel like it is a "damned if you do and damned if you don't mentality" both from a select few parents and students.

It is a shame that we are having to deal with this right now, but as parents it is also our responsibility to be supportive, talk to our kids, and discuss safety measures. And, are you also thinking about these issues outside of school- workplace, social settings etc. Be prepared. Good job Kimball staff, thank you for looking out for our students. I blame those who are starting the "fires" not those who are trying to prevent and put them out.
motherto5
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March 14, 2013
I think its pretty sad that it was my son that had to call me to let me know that he was fine and what was going on.And its almost 5pm and the school is yet to call.I think we had enough excitement for the week. I will keep my son home tomorrow,so he can relax and calm his nerves. I still have yet to see how the school is handling the childrens sense of security.
tpblogger
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March 14, 2013
True, there should at least be a mass text/email/phone call.
Tracyparent
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March 14, 2013
They got the students and staff to safety first. Had the kids call because it was quicker than the voice mail that was sent out by the district office. Kimball Admin was with our students which is why they did not send out the voice mail. The TUSD voice mail was not received until 3:00. Getting a message from our kids was faster. At least they were safer than the THS kids TODAY who were told there was another bomb threat and leave immediately. How would you feel if you were their parents? Our admin at Kimball was very responsible and respectful at all times
motherto5
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March 15, 2013
Tracyparent;If you have read your handbook are children are not suppose to have cell phones in school.So most parents follow that protocal. I for one and know a couple of parent who did not get a call. And the staff teachers or the principle are not the one's to send out the call...its the district. Trust me I dont expect for them to run and record something send it out to all the parents and then coordinate the evacuation. One more thing to point out...Bomb means leave get out!!! not grab your backpacks/personal stuff and go to the field, worst case senario the bomb could be in a back pack going to the same field were my child is waiting for me. It was handled terrible.
tpblogger
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March 14, 2013
“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.

People that make bomb threats would never lie about it's location?
122096
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March 14, 2013
I had to sit in those bleachers for 2 hours. their evacuation plan was so unorganized. there was even a class that did not get evacuated to the stadium until 30 mins after it was announced. all my friends say their parents refuse to make them go to school tomorrow. Kimball is losing so much money from this. I should not have to feel on edge when I go to school. Kimball is no longer a safe environment, I will be asking my mom to transfer me to west high.
concernedcitizen255
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March 14, 2013
I think their evacuation plan started going haywire because students were not listening to directions from staff, from where i was sitting students constantly got up and started to roam around as much as they liked, completely ignoring directions from staff to sit down and be patient. Thats not to say that this evacuation plan was executed in the most efficient manner. The thing KHS staff need to do is rehearse this plan through drills, im pretty sure that a school shcool should have regular emergency drills. This however is not the case at kimball which results in unorganized evacuation plans like the one today. That being said I love Kimball, I think its an amazing school with some problems that need to be addressed.
10203256
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March 14, 2013
Dont be such a baby. These things happen. Tracy High got evacuated too and we all went to school the next day and are not trying to switch schools. Yes its a threat, but not even a credible one, grow up. IT will probably happen to any school you go to. Things are going to be unorganized, you try herding thousands of disobeying students around.
concernedcitizen255
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March 14, 2013
^^

Agreed.
122096
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March 14, 2013
okay you're talking to someone who has actually been held at gunpoint before, it is a scary situation and has left me with a lot of anxiety issues so yea im going to be a "baby" about it. if I feel im not safe at school then im not going to continue to go there!


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