Bomb threat at Longview Elementary sparks evacuation

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have given the all-clear after a called-in bomb threat prompted the evacuation of Longview Elementary School in Phoenix Thursday morning.

Students who were already at school were bused over to nearby Montecito Elementary School. Parents were being asked to take their kids to Montecito, which is northeast of Seventh Street and Indian School Road, less than a mile from Longview.

Minutes after 8 a.m., police were setting up a perimeter and preparing to search the campus. According to investigators a female made the call at about 7:30 a.m. and said a bomb was in a trash can on the school grounds.

As soon as the threat came in, the school called parents to advise them of the situation.

"We believe that this is probably a prank call this morning, but we have to take it seriously," Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said. "It is a big inconvenience to a lot of people. It is costly to the taxpayers, but it is how we have to respond to these, especially given what's going on right now."

Taking no chances, police launched a full-scale sweep of the school.

Finding nothing dangerous or suspicious, officers wrapped up their search shortly before 9 a.m. and gave the all-clear for students to return.

Part of the Osborn School District, Longview Elementary School has about 500 students in preschool through sixth grade. Established in 1924, the school is oldest in the Osborn District.

Police will be trying to determine who made the initial call reporting the bomb and triggering the evacuation.

According to A.R.S. § 13-2907, false reporting is a class 1 misdemeanor. A second violation is a class 6 felony. A person convicted of false reporting could be on the hook "for the expenses that are incurred incident to the emergency response or the investigation of the commission of false reporting ...."