Police seeking suspects after school lockdown

Police seeking suspects after school lockdown

Michele Ellson

Alameda police are trying to find the person whose threatening phone call to Alameda High School office staff led to a nearly two-hour lockdown of the campus Monday afternoon.

In a statement to parents and guardians that was released by school district officials Monday, Alameda High School principal Kelly Lara said the school's office staff received a call at around 1:55 p.m. Monday from someone who said they were locked in a bathroom with a knife and who threatened to harm anyone who entered. In her letter, Lara said the male caller "described himself as being under the influence of drugs and sounded out of control" and would not say which bathroom he was in.

Lara wrote that the school "immediately" went into lockdown and initiated emergency procedures while police searched the campus with weapons visible. She said police determined the campus was safe at 3:15 p.m. and released the lass classroom of students at 3:45 p.m.

Alameda police posted an online advisory at 3:30 p.m. that students were safe and that there was "no indication that an armed suspect was on campus." They said they are continuing to investigate the call, and Lara said they will pursue prosecution.

She asked anyone with information to contact an Alameda High School administrator or the Alameda Police Department.

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