IRVINE ( – A phone threat forced the evacuation of Northwood High School in Irvine Thursday afternoon.

At 1:40 p.m., Irvine police received a call from a male claiming to be a Northwood High student who said he was locked in a campus bathroom with guns and explosives.

The school was placed on lockdown and students were evacuated classroom by classroom. Phone calls, emails and texts were sent out to parents notifying them about the threat.

Officers searched the campus and found nothing suspicious, police said. The lockdown was lifted just before 5 p.m. and teachers were allowed back into the building. Police did not confirm if the threat was a hoax.

Parents were told they could pick up their children near Portola Parkway and Yale Avenue.

Nearby Canyon View Elementary School was also placed on a soft lockdown, but was not considered part of the threat, police said.


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