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Telephoned and emailed bomb threats on Friday prompted authorities to lock down and evacuate South Hills High School and nearby Mesa Elementary in West Covina, police said.
The threats to South Hills High School at 645 Barranca Ave. were received about 11:50 a.m., said West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez.
South Hills was placed on lockdown, as was Mesa Elementary since it is located just 300 feet from the high school. Traffic was routed away from the area and the students from both schools were evacuated to the nearby campus of Barranca Elementary at 727 S. Barranca Ave., Lopez said.
Police and a sheriff’s bomb squad conducted a systematic search of both schools, which were found to be free of any danger at 3:55 p.m., at which time the campuses and nearby streets were reopened, Lopez said.
Parents were advised to go to the Barranca Elementary campus to meet the evacuated students, Lopez said.
The high school has an enrollment of about 1,700 students, while about 700 students attend Mesa Elementary, he said.
— City News Service
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