Peoria High School evacuated after bogus bomb threat

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Peoria High School was evacuated following a reported bomb threat Friday morning, according to the Peoria Unified School District.

Peoria High School was alerted to the bomb threat at approximately 10:10 a.m. when a student found a note on a door, according to Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef.

The school went into lockdown and notified police. The administration followed the recommendation of the Peoria Police Department to evacuate the campus, which is near 83rd and Peoria avenues.

Approximately 1,700 high school students were evacuated to the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.

The Peoria Police Department, bomb-sniffing dogs from Luke Air Force Base and State Capitol Police conducted a sweep of the campus and no device was found.

Parents were able to pick up their children at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Students who normally ride the bus were taken to their normal bus stops.

Students who walk home were taken to Peoria Elementary School, 11501 N. 79th Ave., Cheyenne Elementary School, 11806 N. 87th Ave., or the Post Office at 83rd and Grand avenues, to walk home.

The students on campus involved in the Child Oriented Occupational Program (COOP) were taken to Cheyenne Elementary School. Parents were able to pick up their children there.

While the decision to evacuate was made at 10:25 a.m. and information was posted on the district's website, robo-calls reportedly did not begin until noon.

Some parents were upset about the way the situation was handled. Many said they learned of the evacuation from their kids, who called them via cell phone. Students said they were later told to turn off their phones.

Some of the parents, who described the situation as "disorganized" and "chaotic," said they never heard directly from the school district.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or who may be responsible is asked to call Silent Witness at 1-800-343-8477 or text "SILENT" to 274637.