Arizona high school cancels classes after receiving bomb threats

Sep 20, 2016, 8:46 AM | Updated: 2:33 pm
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PHOENIX — School officials have canceled classes at Maricopa High School on Tuesday morning after receiving multiple threats.

The bomb threats, sent via fax, came before the campus was open; there were no students at school and only a few of the staff had arrived.

Ricardo Alvarado with the Maricopa Police Department said the fax threatened to kidnap faculty as well.

“None of the came true,” he said. “No faculty members were approached.”

Alvarado said other departments across the county received a similar fax, which may indicate the threats were part of a spoof.

Police searched the school, near State Route 347 and John Wayne Parkway, and found nothing out of the ordinary. Classes will resume Wednesday.

“The school was cleared by bomb-detecting dogs,” Alvarado said. “Nothing was located. There were no suspicious packages or items.”

Students who were already on school buses were taken to another school.

Alvarado said the school is expected to be open as usual on Wednesday.

KTAR’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

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