OAKDALE -- School officials have cancelled class at Oakdale High School for the rest of the day in reaction to a bomb threat.
Police received a call about 7:40 a.m. this morning for someone claiming there was a bomb on the campus, said Michelle McKinsey, spokeswoman for the city of Oakdale. Police and fire crews responded and cordoned off the block of G Street surrounding the school, she said.
Meanwhile, students were evacuated from the school and loaded onto buses, which took them to the community center on F Street, according to police. They left everything at school from their cars to backpacks.
Police were still investigating and could not be reached for comment.
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“The police are doing a sweep and search of the entire Oakdale High School looking in every classroom, in every supply closet — everywhere,” McKinsey said just before noon. “Student safety is our number one priority, and they are making sure they are being very thorough.”
Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh said the sheriff department's bomb squad had been called but it was unknown whether they found anything.
Once the sweep is over, McKinsey said parents and students will be alerted on the school’s web site and by telephone message that it is safe to return to collect belongings.
Neighboring East Stanislaus High School was also evacuated, according to student Micheal Hatmaker. He said alarms began continually ringing at the neighboring campus about 7:55 a.m. at which point students were advised of the threat and evacuation.