GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- Highland High School in Gilbert was placed on lockdown after a threat was received on Monday morning.

According to Gilbert police, the department received an unsubstantiated bomb threat against the school just before 7 a.m. The school was placed on lockdown. 

Gilbert police searched the school and did not find any devices.

The campus will remain closed on Monday. 

Highland High School students can be picked up at Highland Junior High School before 1 p.m. or at Highland after 1 p.m. 

Students will be allowed back on campus between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to collect belongings. 

Gilbert police are still investigating who placed the call about the threat. 

The superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools sent a letter to parents and guardians Monday afternoon.

Dear Gilbert Public Schools Community,

We would like to extend our gratitude to our parents, students, staff, Gilbert PD and Town of Gilbert staff for their support today as we dealt with an ‘unsubstantiated’ bomb threat against Highland High School.

At this time we can confirm that Gilbert PD has completed a thorough sweep of the Highland High campus and have officially cleared the campus as safe. Nothing was found on campus.

As a district, we have extensive protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of all students and staff in an event such as this. We greatly appreciate the patience of our parents and families as we carry out these procedures. Please note, communication is a key part of these procedures and we always aim to provide timely, accurate updates via text, email, social media and on our district website www.gilbertschools.net. If you are a Highland High parent and did not receive email and text notifications today please email webmaster@gilbertschools.net so we can investigate and solve this issue immediately.

Please note, Highland High will be open between 1 pm and 4 pm today for all students to pick up their belongings and vehicles.

Also, all evening activities will continue as usual at Highland High including practices and any scheduled concerts.

Thank you again for your continued support of Gilbert Public Schools.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Shane McCord

Superintendent

Gilbert Public Schools

 


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