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Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Calif. school

Posted: January 7, 2013 3:04 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 3:04 p.m.

School administrators reunite elementary school children with their parents after their school was evacuated for a bomb threat in Glendale, Calif., Monday.

 

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of hundreds of children from a Southern California elementary school Monday while police searched buildings to make sure the campus was safe.

An anonymous caller phoned the R.D. White Elementary School in Glendale at around 8:30 a.m. and said there was a bomb at the campus, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The school's 880 students were evacuated to a supermarket parking lot about a block away and parents were allowed to take them home for the day, Lorenz said. No bomb was found and the all-clear was given around midday.

Klara Esposito, who lives a block from the campus, received a call from the school and came to pick up her two children, 10-year-old Tony and 7-year-old Daniel.

"I mean after Connecticut, it was just too scary," she said, referring to last month's massacre by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "I just ran here like a maniac."

"A few teachers told me it was all just a drill," her son Tony said. "And I was thinking if it was just a drill, why were there so many policemen and firemen and helicopters? I'm really scared."

Glendale is a foothill suburb of Los Angeles.

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