Bomb threat forces evacuation of Martin Luther King High School

Students and staff at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside were evacuated Tuesday morning, March 28, after a bomb threat was called in about 8:30 a.m., said police and school district officials.

The Riverside Police Department’s bomb unit and bomb detection dog are at the scene investigating, Officer Ryan Railsback said shortly after 9 a.m. He said no suspicious devices have been found and officers will do a full sweep of the school before anyone is let back in.

“We assure you that all students are safe, and we anticipate getting them back into their classes as soon as possible,” the Riverside Unified School District posted in a message on its Facebook page. The message called the sweep “precautionary.”

Some parents came to pick up their kids, district spokesman Justin Grayson said, but school officials didn’t encourage that, as they wanted to get students back inside as soon as police determined it was safe. In the comments section of the Facebook message, school officials said they would never stop parents from picking up their children.

Someone called in a bomb threat to the main office of the school at 9301 Wood Road on Tuesday morning, Grayson said. Grayson wasn’t sure what the caller said, but he or she referenced a specific time.

The football field was swept for anything dangerous and then students were evacuated there at first, Grayson said.

By 10:15 a.m., dozens of students stood on separate ends of the school’s east-facing side while cars circled a full parking lot.

During the search, Railsback asked that students, staff and parents have patience. “It is a large campus and it takes time to go through the sweep,” he said.

Grayson said about 10:15 a.m. that officers had been spilling out of the building recently. He said he hoped to begin letting students back in by about 10:40 a.m.

He said the district will post updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Once the school is deemed safe, Grayson said school and district officials…

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