MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Classes at Mira Costa High School were canceled Monday as police investigate an anonymous bomb threat at the campus.
Parents were asked to pick up their children from the campus, 1401 Artesia Blvd. in Manhattan Beach, only from southbound Meadows Avenue from 2nd Street.
A caller reportedly made the non-specific threat to the school’s front office.
Manhattan Beach police officers are on the scene and investigating. A command post was set up in the Hop Chapel parking lot in the 900 block of Artesia, Hermosa Beach city officials said.
In an email to parents, Michael Matthews, superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, said in part:
“As you know, we received an anonymous and vague bomb threat via phone this morning at Mira Costa High School, and we have evacuated students and staff from all classrooms.
“In an abundance of caution, MBPD is preparing to search the entire campus, room by room. Conducting a thorough search of every room on the campus will take a significant amount of time. As a result, we will cancel classes for the remainder of the day. … Your children are safe. …”
Efforts were underway to search the campus, a process that could take several hours, said Stephanie Martin of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.