POMONA (CBSLA.com) — A Pomona high school was placed on lockdown for more than five hours on Friday after multiple threatening phone calls were made to the school.
At least one of the calls was answered by the principal of Diamond Ranch High School, who told KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar that the person said, “You’re next.”
Authorities immediately stopped anyone from entering or leaving the campus at 100 Diamond Ranch Road around 9 a.m.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has directed Diamond Ranch High School to be placed in lockdown as a precautionary measure to a matter they are investigating,” the school posted on its website. “All students are safe in class. Parents will be notified as soon as the lockdown is lifted.”
Student Briana Perez said, “We went to the back of the classroom. We sat there….and we just stayed quiet.”
“We had to barricade the doors,” a female student said.
Around 20 to 30 sheriff’s deputies, an air rescue helicopter, a few K-9 units and an armored vehicle combed through the area until the lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m.
Parents arrived on the scene after they received panicked phone calls and texts from their children.
“There are people mourning today for their kids that are actually dead, that actually went through this,” said Claudia Perez, referring to the Conn. massacre exactly one week ago. “Just knowing that this could happen to us here is very frightening.”
Parent Natalie Burge said her daughter told her, “I’m afraid, come and get me.”
On Wednesday, Diamond Ranch students practiced a lockout drill in the wake of the Newtown shootings.