Updated, 1:15 p.m., Wednesday: Bomb threats that forced the evacuations of St. Francis High School in Mountain View and Presentation High School in San Jose Tuesday (Oct. 5) originated from the same telephone number, the San Jose Police Department reported.
“Persons making or reporting false emergencies, like a bomb threat, may be arrested,” the police department wrote in a tweet announcing the “all clear” at Presentation.
Both threats were deemed not credible, and no injuries were reported at either school.
The Los Altos Police Department is investigating whether the phone number might be linked to a similar hoax involving Los Altos High Friday, said LAPD Capt. Katie Krauss.
“Our department has communicated with (the Mountain View Police Department) and we are sharing information to determine if our cases are connected,” Krauss wrote in an email to the Town Crier.
St. Francis High administrators described what happened on their school grounds in a tweet.
“Shortly before 1 p.m., we received a bomb threat from an unidentified individual,” they wrote. “As the safety of students and employees is our first concern, we take all threats of this nature seriously. All individuals on campus were immediately evacuated safely to Cuesta Park where parents were notified to pick-up their student.”
Presentation High was evacuated following a call made at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday, the San Jose Police Department tweeted.
St. Francis sophomore Sienna Sirovita said students at her school discussed the bomb threat at Presentation as they waited for rides at Cuesta Park.
“We were suspicious: Why is this happening in our area?” said Sirovita, the daughter of a Town Crier employee.
An anonymous caller reported a bomb on Los Altos High’s campus at approximately 8:55 a.m. Friday, causing students and staff to gather on sports fields for several hours until explosives detection dogs could search and clear the area. That case is still under investigation.