Bomb threat scares in Red Bluff, authorities find no risk

Authorities investigated two bomb threats on Monday at the Tehama County Courthouse and Red Bluff High School.

Posted: May 24, 2021 7:25 PM
Updated: May 25, 2021 10:05 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Multiple bomb threats scares across Red Bluff on Monday prompted lockdown and searches of both the Tehama County Superior Courthouse and Red Bluff Union High School on Monday.

Police got a call from a Red Bluff hospital that told them they received a call about a bomb threat at both the county courthouse and Red Bluff High.

”It didn't really feel real," said Kjersta Helser, a freshman at Red Bluff High School.

Helser described how the school day took a turn after the campus was placed on lockdown for a bomb threat.

"I wasn't especially nervous because I have been in a couple of lockdown situations,” said Helser. “But I remember other kids crying and things like that."

The school quickly notified parents about the threat and lockdown.

“Our buses came back and we released our students who rode the buses,” said Todd Brose, Superintendent of the Red Bluff Joint Union High School District. “Our students who drove themselves we released them first to clear the lot and then those who are walkers we just confirmed with their parents on the phone for them to walk home."

The courthouse was also targeted in the threat and was searched.

"We're looking for anything that's out of place or out of the ordinary,” said Captain Dave Kain, from the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. “We are also looking at video surveillance both inside and outside so we can see if anyone accessed the facility inside or out without or knowledge."

A worker at the gas station just across from the courthouse also received a call about the threat at around 7:30 a.m.

"In the past, we have had these types of situations at the old courthouse so we have a really good protocol and plan in place,” Kain told Action News Now.

It was a quick disruption, as the court carried on their regular work for the day without any major delays.
Brose described how the school was able to react quickly.

"Times like this we just choose to be safe and error on the side of caution, and go ahead and release our students,” said Brose.

He plans for the school to be back in session Tuesday if they get the green light that it is safe to do so.

"They were responding fast, it wasn't like it was going to take us a ridiculously long time to get all the students out of danger,” said Helser.

The Red Bluff Police Department was out at the high school all Monday morning investigating. The sheriff's office was responsible for checking the courthouse. Neither found anything suspicious.

Both departments are working together to find out who the call came from.

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