Bomb Scare at Raymond Cree Middle School
PALM SPRINGS--A Palm Springs school is shut down mid-day as a bomb threat sends students out of classrooms. It all happened at Raymond Cree Middle School at Caballero and Vista Chino around 12:45 Thursday afternoon.
School officials say someone called the school and said there was an explosive device in one of the classrooms.
The school was immediately evacuated, and Palm Springs Police were called in to investigate. Students were held on an athletic field for about an hour while police searched each and every room of the school. They did not find a bomb or suspicious device. Children were allowed to go home as soon as the campus was secured.
"Based on the safety and security of the students we released the students in waves, those who ride the buses first and then those who walk to school so once we released the kids who walked they were picked up by their parents, reunited with their parents when they were released," Darryl Scott, Safety and Security Manager for Palm Springs Unified School District, said.
"We didn't know it was a bomb i guess if it wasn't for the swat, well not swat, the police guys come here and make sure everything was safe we would have all been pretty much dead," 8th Grader Dylan Gillespie, said.
"If we didn't evacuate the building and the bomb wasn't taken care of, we could have been dead, the whole school could have been dead," 8th Grader Hunter Bott said.
No bomb or suspicious device was actually found on campus. School will continue as scheduled friday. Palm Springs Police are now investigating who made the call.