Text message scare impacts Tucson's Sahuaro High School

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As many as half the students at Sahuaro High School on Tucson's east side stayed home or left early today after a fight with racial overtones on Wednesday led to threats being sent by text message.

Officials with the Tucson Unified School district say everything is safe at the school. Extra security is present including at least three off-duty Tucson police officers.

Many parents have driven to the school this morning to take their children out of class. School officials say students can stay or leave with their parents.

The school is located at 545 North Camino Seco. Officials say the school is on what they call "soft lock down", meaning students can attend classes, but won't be given any hall passes to leave class.

TUSD says Tucson police are investigating Wednesday's incident and the electronic threats that followed.

Sahuaro High School Principal Sam Giangardella told Fox 11 News that he believes the threats are false and it's just rumors that got out of control. He is urging students to go straight home when classes dismiss for the day.

The school has 1,700 students enrolled. The school is scheduled to dismiss at 2:20 p.m. today.

We'll post updates on this story as they become available and will have a full story tonight on Fox 11 News at 9.