A day after several East Bay high schools reported threatening messages found on their campuses, several students were arrested after more threats were made at a Tracy high school and a Fremont middle school.
On Thursday around 2 p.m., Tracy Unified School District spokesperson Jessica Cardoza sent out an email to parents at the high school around 2 p.m. that began with the line "Your student is safe" before stating that the school had been evacuated just minutes before due to a bomb threat.
The threat was called in to another school campus, targeting Kimball High, around 1:30 p.m. No bomb was found and no one was injured.
All Kimball High students and staff were evacuated to the school's football stadium. Tracy police officers and a team of bomb-sniffing dogs inspected the campus to confirm that there was no threat, Cardoza said.
Students were safe and parents were picked up at the stadium by visiting a student check-out point. Students who were not picked up by dismissal time, at 3:30 p.m., were released, Carodoza added.
School buses were rerouted to the stadium to pick up student passengers at their regular time and continued on their regular route.
Tracy police announced late Thursday afternoon that two students Tracy High School students have been arrested related to the threats that prompted an evacuation Wednesday.
Police also said it is believed that the numerous hoaxes at the Tracy high schools were likely the antics of students and were done to disrupt the state-mandated high school exit exam, which was scheduled throughout the week.
"These two juveniles along with any others found participating in the threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows," Tracy police said in a statement. "What may seemingly be horseplay to the youth involved, in fact places the safety of all residents at risk."
The department went on to state that "misguided youths" are exploiting real tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting, where violence directed at a public school prompted its temporary closure, to support their own "irresponsible acts."
Also Thursday, a 14-year-old student at Thornton Jr. High School in Fremont was arrested after he called the school multiple times with bomb threats.
It was the second day in a row that the school had received threats, and Fremont police said it was unlikely he was acting alone and are continuing to investigate whether others were involved.
Though the school received the threats, it was not placed on lock-down, Fremont police said.
The student who was arrested was later released to his parents on a notice to appear, charging him with two counts each of a bomb threat at a school and domestic terrorist threats.
The threats and Kimball High's evacuation came less than 24 hours after Tracy High School was evacuated due to similar threats. School officials in Fremont and Pleasanton were also on alert after they found or received threatening messages Wednesday.
Police presence was increased at the campuses in Pleasanton and in Tracy to ensure students' and staff's safety.
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