In an effort to catch the prankster — or pranskters — who keep calling in false bomb threats to Alhambra High, the schools are now offering a reward of $1,000. Principal Brad Walsh sent out the following letter to families detailing some of the other measures the schools are taking:
This is Brad Walsh, principal of Alhambra High School.
As you know, we have received repeated bomb threats. Although no devices have been found and no students have been in danger, calls received have resulted in precautionary lock down procedures, campus evacuations, and safety inspections of the campus and police investigations. The impact on the school has included disruptions to valuable instructional time.
We have been in close communication and are cooperating with the Alhambra Police Department in the ongoing investigation. I cannot share all details of the investigation but I can inform you of the following:• School staff sweep the entire campus daily for suspicious objects• A Police Officer from the Alhambra Police Department is assigned to AHS• Inter-quest dogs are available to search campus for dangerous objects• Surveillance of the campus is conducted by a District Security officer
To further strengthen safety and assist law enforcement with their investigation to arrest the suspects, we are immediately implementing the following:• Installation of surveillance cameras throughout the campus• Offering a reward, up to $1,000 through an anonymous tip line for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects(s)
Over the next several days, we will share information with students and staff regarding the reward. We will also place information in local media and our school website.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or information.
Originally posted 3.14.2012
For the sixth time this year, Alhambra High School had a bomb threat lockdown Thursday morning, the Pasadena Star-News reports.
Each time a male voice has called in the threat, according to the Star-News. And each time police investigate the school and no bomb turns up. Parents, and even some students, are not pleased that students are spending hours on the field while the school is searched. Meanwhile, the Alhambra Police say they need to take each threat seriously, but are frustrated with the waste of resources.
"It just taxes officers from being able to be out there and being able to prevent other types of crime, or doing enforcement," Lt. Jennifer Weise told the Star-News.