MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Mesa High School was evacuated Wednesday morning after a report came in about a possible suspicious device on campus. But after searching the school, police say no device was ever found.

A 911 call came in at around 8:30 a.m., referencing the presence of a possible suspicious device. School administrators decided to clear the campus as a precaution and 3,000 students were evacuated.  

According to Mesa police spokesperson Det. Richard Encinas, a thorough search of the school and grounds turned up nothing. "We went through the whole school slowly and methodically," said Encinas. "Nothing was found."

Police continue to investigate the threat. So far, no arrests have been made, but Encinas says police are following up on "a couple of leads."

"They are both juveniles and we're not going to release anything like that right now," Encinas said.

Police say no students were hurt in the evacuation process, but up to six students reportedly did suffer heat-related illnesses. Arizona's Family news chopper showed students being brought to the bleachers at the football field. Students were then seen being escorted onto buses, which ferried them to Mountain View High School.

Tucker Cunningham says he got texts from his younger brother, who is a sophomore at Mesa High.

Aerial video from Arizona's Family News Chopper as students were evacuated from Mesa High School after a bomb threat on Wednesday.

"He was sending pictures of them just under the stands, and then just a crap ton of buses just come and hauling all these students out," he said. Cunningham's brother also texted that he and his classmates were "jam-packed" into the gym and auditorium at Mountain View High School. Mesa Public Schools united the children with their families at that location.

Mesa High School sent the following note to all parents/guardians about the evacuation:

Hello Mesa High community,

This morning, the school received a bomb threat. Mesa Police immediately responded. Students are being transported to Mountain View High School while police conduct a thorough search of the campus. We will update you as soon as we have more information. Please do not attempt to come to either campus as it will compromise our safety protocols.

Staff and student safety is our top priority. We are proud of our students and staff for following our safety protocols.

Thank you for your continued support.

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