SAN LORENZO -- Multiple San Lorenzo high schools received death threats Thursday and Friday prompting some schools to evacuate, district officials said.

Staff at San Lorenzo High School received the first threat Thursday around 10 a.m. from an unknown person on the phone who mentioned a bomb. The 1,300-student campus was evacuated for about an hour as the Alameda County Sheriff's deputies searched the campus. After finding nothing, students returned to class, district officials said.

On Friday, staff at the San Lorenzo High campus received a death threat around 10 a.m., as did the shared Royal Sunset High and East Bay Arts High campus. This time, the threat was delivered on the phone by an electronic voice device, according to Sharon Lampel, district spokeswoman and assistant superintendent of human resources. Only the last word, "dead," was clear in the message, Lampel said.

Lampel said students at San Lorenzo High were not evacuated Friday on the advice of the sheriff's department, but the 600 students at the combined Royal Sunset and East Bay Arts campus were evacuated for about an hour until the campus was deemed safe by law enforcement.

Following their return to class, students finished both days without incident and departed for a two-week winter break.

Lampel said it is unknown whether the threat made Thursday came from the same source as Friday's threats.

"We don't want to overreact and we don't want to underreact. We just want to make sure the students were safe," Lampel said, adding, "We do everything we can. Our campuses are pretty wide open. Student safety is our absolute number one priority."


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Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro, San Lorenzo and the Washington Township Health Care District. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.