Centennial High School in Peoria evacuated after bomb threat

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Students at Centennial High School in Peoria were evacuated and sent home after a reported bomb threat Friday morning.

Approximately 2,200 students were evacuated from the school located near 79th Avenue and Thunderbird Road after a bomb threat was called in to the school secretary at 9:15 a.m.

The students were sitting outside in the heat for about two hours while the campus was checked. Forty students and teachers were evaluated by paramedics from Peoria, Glendale and Phoenix fire departments. Twelve were treated and released and three were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening heat-related issues.

Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said the students reportedly were moved to two nearby churches for shelter.

School was canceled for the day.

The cars in the parking lot were checked and those students who drove to school were allowed to leave. Some parents arrived to pick up their children.

Tellef said the campus was searched by Peoria police officers with assistance from bomb K9 units from Glendale, Tempe, State Capitol Police and the Air Force. No device was found.