Santa Ana High School Placed Lockdown After Possible Bomb Threat, Armed Student

By Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for six years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.
March 10, 2022 Updated: March 11, 2022

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Santa Ana High School went on lockdown on March 10 after reports emerged of a possible bomb threat and armed student, officials said.

Officers responded to the school at 520 Walnut Street around 1 p.m., according to the Santa Ana Police Department. Santa Ana Police, SWAT, a bomb squad, and sheriff’s deputies were on scene.

Police confirmed at 3 p.m. there was no active shooter, no injuries to anyone, and “there is only a threat at this point,” the Santa Ana Unified School District announced.

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First responders including Santa Ana Police Department SWAT teams and Orange County Fire Authority HAZMAT crews secure Santa Ana High School as parents and family members wait for students on lock down after bomb and weapon threats circulated at the school in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 10, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Around 100 people—many of them parents weeping for their children—were watching the scene from the outskirts of the high school.

“I feel anxiety. I’m anxious for my daughter,” a parent of one of the students on lockdown, who declined to provide his name, told The Epoch Times.

News reports show one person, conscious and alert, wheeled away into an ambulance by emergency personnel. The person’s condition was unclear.

Police “received a bomb threat from a student and there is a possible armed suspect in the area,” the district announced.

Investigators later said a suspect was not found.

Police cleared the Santa Ana High School campus and the lockdown has been lifted, the district announced at 4:35 p.m.

During the lockdown, no one was allowed in or out of the campus at the time.

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First responders including Santa Ana Police Department SWAT teams and Orange County Fire Authority HAZMAT crews secure Santa Ana High School as parents and family members wait for students on lock down after bomb and weapon threats circulated at the school in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 10, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

“Please know that student and staff safety is always our top priority. The Santa Ana Police Department and Santa Ana Unified School District Police Department are on site responding to the incident. Students are safe and all security protocols are being followed,” the district announced.

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First responders including Santa Ana Police Department SWAT teams and Orange County Fire Authority HAZMAT crews secure Santa Ana High School as parents and family members wait for students on lock down after bomb and weapon threats circulated at the school in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 10, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Students at Heninger Elementary School, which is adjacent to Santa Ana High School, were also instructed by police to lockdown. They have since been released.

Police urged residents to avoid the area.

 

 

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First responders including Santa Ana Police Department SWAT teams and Orange County Fire Authority HAZMAT crews secure Santa Ana High School as parents and family members wait for students on lock down after bomb and weapon threats circulated at the school in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 10, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for six years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.