California high school evacuated over bomb threat

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 07, 2011 3:29 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California high school was evacuated on Wednesday in response to a written bomb threat, authorities said.

All students and staff were told to leave San Clemente High School on the orders of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, according to a statement on the school's web site.

"At the direction of sheriff's officers, the entire SCHS staff and student body have been evacuated because of a bomb threat," the statement said.

The school, in the city of San Clemente, asked parents and community members to stay away from campus and said students were being moved into a gymnasium to get them out of the sun.

A Sheriff's spokesman said a bomb squad was conducting a room-by-room search of the high school, which has about 3,000 students. San Clemente is in Orange County, about 65 miles south of Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Editing by Cynthia Johnston)