UPDATE (1:31 p.m.): The suspect, Daniel P. Morgan, has reportedly turned himself in to authorities at Camp Pendleton.

SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — Orange County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a bomb threat at San Clemente High School.

Officials said the threat originated at Camp Pendleton after naval corpsman Daniel P. Morgan went AWOL. A search of his barracks around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday found a note that said the officer had planted incendiary devices at the high school, Camp Pendleton officials said.

(credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

Morgan, 22, reportedly turned himself in to authorities at Camp Pendleton early Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies had ordered the evacuation of 3,200 students and 180 staff from San Clemente High, located at 700 Avenida Pico, around 9 a.m. Wednesday marked the first day of classes at SCHS.

“At the direction of sheriffs’ officers, the entire SCHS staff and student body were evacuated to the stadium after it was inspected and declared safe,” according to a message posted on the school’s website.

Officials eventually moved students and staff to the school’s gymnasium after it had been deemed safe by officials. They were given food and water.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department called in eight bomb-sniffing dogs, bomb technicians, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Fire Authority to assist in the search of the school.

School officials asked that parents not go to the school.

The students had been released for the day, as of 1 p.m., Unified School District spokesman Marcus Walton said.

Parents were advised to call the school district’s rumor control hotline at (949) 234-5575 for more information.

Comments (34)
  1. Deirdre Wells says:

    … have those kids stand UNDER The Bleachers…. thats where the shade IS!!!

  2. l bell says:

    In San Clemente, if the suspect is a Navy Corpsman the it is not an officer he/she is an enlisted person

  3. Mrs. Mulhern says:

    My grandson Josh is a student and it is his first day. I have been to the school many times as his two older brothers went to school their. The students are the very well behaved. I have been a high school teacher for many years and am always impressed with the staff and students at this school.. Thank you for the great coverage. Hope this is over soon. A little worried about the kids. It is better for them to stay at the school where they are safe. It would be chaos to let them leave.

  4. Mrs. Wilson says:

    This is sad, I am a marine wife stationed in barstow and military families have the kind of problems because of these types of situations! there is no reason for this, life honestly couldnt have been any worse for him than it is for any other navy corps man or any other service member. All my thoughts and prayers go out to the teens at the high school hope this doesnt turn out to be any worse than just a threat.

    1. N says:

      I am a mother of two students there. We have been staying in touch via text messages. I feel that both are doing well, they both seem calm. The school is amazing and have always proven to be on top of everything and well organized.

  5. Laura says:

    Is there a girlfriend going to this school ??? Seems like a logical conclusion.

    1. N says:

      I havent heard anything about that. But it is about 3 miles from base. It is the largest building in the area, and seems like an easy target, it sits right off the freeway.

  6. Jo says:

    The school district should be sued. They kept the children in a dangerous place by keeping them on campus, as well as exposed them to excrutiating heat without shade endangering their health. They only kept those kids to get their money for the day for student attendance. Just awful for the parents and children! Money should not go before safety!

    1. Astonished says:

      Where would you like them to keep the students? In a bottle on a shelf? In this day and age, every school is a target for some whackjob with an axe to grind.

      And since you as so well informed, how would you have them deal with this? Let the students go into the neighborhoods and hope they get home safe. Then the parents can sue because the students weren’t monitered, right?

      As for money for student attendance, that is determined at the beginning of the school day. Any time after that isn’t counted, and an incident like this wouldn’t take any money from them anyway.

    2. Mike in Irvine says:

      What an idiotic comment. Schools have plans in place for emergencies. They were following proper protocol and procedures.

      Sue the school??? Take more money away from the public school system??

      I’m so tired of the “straight to litigation” approach some people in this country have developed. It is not the answer to everything!!!


    3. ??? says:

      you r an idiot + have a big unecessary mouth. You need to go back to any school and learn something.

  7. Julie Perguson says:


    1. Bob says:

      Whaaaa Whhaaaa Whaaaaaaa ='[ Cry me a river Julie. Your poor baby had to sit outside without water. I’m guessing you would have preferred he stay inside his air conditioned classroom with a potential BOMB.

      The staff and administrators managed to safely and quickly evacuate over 3,000 students, effectively communicate with parents, and develop plans to release students once OCSD determined the campus was safe to cross. Major props to principal George Duarte and all the other SCHS staff.

      1. Julie Perguson says:

        Um im a freshman student at san clemente and i just want to say that we were outside without shade for about four hours. 3 hours in they started giving out water but they ran out before many of the kids got any. they also set up tents for shade but only about twenty people could fit under each one. when we did move into the gym the ac didnt work so we were stuck inside a building packed with kids that smelt like a gym locker. all in all it was bad but hey at least we are alive 🙂

      2. Julie Perguson says:

        You’re not funny ” BOB “, what a RUDE comment! I had a valid concern for MY child that I love and care about! I don’t appreciate your moronic comment! He should have got water …period! It’s a pretty simple request! Obviously you don’t care about the health and safety of children! Its a good thing you’re not in charge of children, you should be banned!

    2. InTheKnow says:

      Sounds like those apron strings are tied pretty. No kids had serious injuries and no one died. Sounds like a successful operation to me.

      1. Julie Perguson says:

        Why don’t you IGNORANT people so quick to comment on something you know nothing about, save your stupid comments for yourself and actually READ what an actual student like Aidan has to say! Aidan was there..you were NOT!

    3. Julie Perguson says:

      EXCUSE me but I HAVE THE RIGHT TO POST a comment here about my child not getting water without being harassed! He wasn’t the only one, don’t you read the newspapers or watch the news! I will file a formal complaint if you continue! Read your rights before signing up for this site!

  8. Astonished says:

    This sounds like someone who is trying to get out of the military as unfit for duty, and probably disability pay too.

    I have an enormous amount of respect for our military. To have one like this get in the spotlight for such a stupid reason just p*sses me off.

  9. Aidan says:

    Um im a freshman student at san clemente and i just want to say that we were outside without shade for about four hours. 3 hours in they started giving out water but they ran out before many of the kids got any. they also set up tents for shade but only about twenty people could fit under each one. when we did move into the gym the ac didnt work so we were stuck inside a building packed with kids that smelt like a gym locker. all in all it was bad but hey at least we are alive 🙂

    1. ??? says:

      that’s right aidan, you are alive. Sometimes in life we have to be a little uncomfortable, this is a good lesson for you. The good news is that you will be safe at home tonight w/ your parents, because the school thought of your safety today. Hopefully 2morrow will be better.

  10. InTheKnow says:

    Word is coming from school employees that two devices were found. Unverified.

  11. Rumor Police says:

    rumor control hotline at (949) 234-5575

  12. Andrew says:

    Im a Senior at San Clemente and just wanted to say that Julie, as far as your kid being denied water yes, they denied students water, BUT we were told to ask our teacher who we were currently with to get water for us. So that kids would not rush the water fountains and cause havic. I personally filled my water bottle 4 times, it was easy, you just had to ask thats all. As for the standing on the field, yes it was hot and miserable, but that was all they could do. If any student felt that they were getting any signs of hear exhaustion they were taken to a tent next to the paramedics. Everyone handled the situation well, and were safe

  13. DEADMAU5 says:

    Well saud bro

    1. Dylan says:

      The water system in the school was turn off.. No water fountains

    2. Bryan says:

      Really? then how did Andrew fill his water bottle up multiple times?

  14. Julie Perguson says:

    The water system in the school was turned off.. No water fountains!

  15. Bryan says:

    Did it ever occur to you that your kid may have only asked once and exagerated the rest or gave attitude? Not only that, but you are complaining that he didnt get water; ignoring the fact that he did come home to you that night instead of being scattered to pieces across campus

  16. kole says:

    No he didnt you idiot ^ be respectful to others. you probably didn’t even finish the 9th grade with that attitude.

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