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Redding High School Shut Down as Part of National Hoax

Pioneer High School put on lockdown after a teacher reportedly received a bomb threat via email.

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 5:46 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 5:50 PM

Dozens of institutions across the country were evacuated and put on lockdown today after receiving email threats.

And Pioneer High School in Redding was one of them.

Police responded to the school just before 11 Thursday morning after a teacher reportedly received a bomb threat via email.

Parent Jessica Hansen even though it turned out to be hoax, she worries about her children's safety anytime something like this happens.

“You never know if it's real,” Hansen said. “There's so many scary things that go on in this world. You don't want to think that it's going to happen to you or happen to your children. But you can't take that for granted.”

Pioneer High principal Tim Calkins said students and staff practice for these scenarios regularly.

He said they just had a lockdown drill two weeks ago, so everyone knew exactly what to do.

““The teachers followed all of our procedures,” Calkins said. “We locked down. And in the end, we did what was right to keep the school safe and to make sure that our students felt safe and secure.”

Police searched the campus and determined there was no threat before lifting the lockdown.

Redding police said in a press release that the same email was also sent to several other unnamed schools across the district.

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