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UPDATE: Livermore High School Students Released After Lock Down

Reports of threats seem to be on the rise this past week at Bay Area schools.

UPDATE: 4:11 p.m.: Livermore Police confirmed Friday afternoon that Livermore High School was locked down as a precaution around 3 p.m.

As of 4 p.m., students had been released and one police car was still at the school.

No further details were available, but there were reports of a possible robbery at a Bank of America in downtown Livermore about 40 minutes before the lock down.

According to a Patch reader Siobhan Tyler from Facebook, parents recieved an automated phone call from the school district about the incident.

Tyler wrote:

"Just received an automated message from the school district. There was a suspect that fled in the general direction of Livermore High. They put Livemore High, Junction, East Ave and St. Michaels on lock down at 2:45. They apprehended the suspect and lifted the lockdown at 3:10."

Tensions were already high in the school community about safety, as earlier today the public was concerned about someone who reportedly claimed they were going to bring a gun to a Livermore high school campus today. Posts on Twitter Thursday mentioned that someone had threatened to do this.

Tensions are high at many Bay Area schools following last week's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

On Thursday a parent of a Dublin High student contacted Patch saying they had heard of a bomb threat, but Dublin Police said it was just a rumor. Threats were also made to a school in Pleasant Hill on Monday.

Dublin Unified Superintendent Dr. Steven Hanke said Friday there was not a bomb threat and that school officials have been keeping a close eye on things on campus. 

"We have been very vigilant on campus," said Hanke. "We are making sure there is an ongoing sense of calm to help keep the focus on learning."

In Oakland Friday morning, a series of phone calls to the school threatened students, a school district spokesman said. Hoover Elementary School went on lockdown around 9 a.m. after the school received multiple calls from someone threatening to harm students, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said.

School district and city police responded to the school and have formed a perimeter, Flint said.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Rich Buckley December 22, 2012 at 07:31 AM
FEMA is publishing a post site for idea discussion, http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/messageshowthread?threadId=19950&messageId=62411 City of Campbell discusses the subject as well: http://campbell.patch.com/articles/is-gun-violence-inevitable-in-the-united-states#comment_5822095
Autumn Johnson December 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Here is the update: http://livermore.patch.com/articles/two-arrested-after-shooting-at-an-occupied-car-at-bank-of-america
Douglas Linman December 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Its more than time to place "eye in the sky" cameras with audio if possible on tactically architected poles and embedded in the building materials as first responder observers at all high schools and school busses, especially. These are automated, to collect clear focused video data based on set "audio levels", so that personnel (operators) do not have to be present. The amount of incidents, bullying, violence, and threats at this age level have clearly escalated. So more visual observation and evidence needs to be present. The most cost effective way is tactical, automated, A/V observation and alert. Sad, but probably necessary.
Dtayls 4me December 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
What safer place is there to wreak havoc on communities or specific individuals than a "gun-free zone." Arm the teachers and their aides so schools are not so attractive to the crazies. First responders of today should be the second responders of tomorrow in school situations.
Douglas Linman December 23, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Arming the teachers? Then it becomes no longer a place for educating minds! We simply need to place simple preventive and observative means in place that allow education to occur without creating a military/militia state on any campus. This is easily achieved without the guns, the bullets and the obvious issues that would follow if any school system were armed. Would you seriously feel much safe knowing that the kindergarten teacher wore a shoulder holstered 45 caliber? Common Sense deterrents need to prevail. Bringing all the retired X-Military to work at schools will not help either. Bad people simply do not wish to get caught, so we need to make it difficult for them not to visually be captured and displayed on camera.


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