Bomb scare at Wilkinson
Sheriff's deputies closed off the area around Wilkinson School on Avenue Alhambra in El Granada for a time on Thursday. Kyle Ludowitz / Review

A bomb threat to the Wilkinson School in El Granada, reported the morning of April 11, came from a juvenile in Mississippi who meant to call her own school with the threat, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff’s Office investigators say they were able to trace Thursday’s phone call to the El Granada school to a high school student who attends Wilkinson County High School in Mississippi. Apparently, the threat was intended for the Mississippi school, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The principal of the high school in Mississippi was notified of the incident, and the school administration will handle the discipline of the student, according to a San Mateo County Sheriff’s release. 

On Thursday morning, students were taken to the nearby fire station for shelter and no one was harmed as a result of the threat. 

They were released to their parents or guardians for the day.

Meanwhile, San Mateo County Sheriff’s officials combed through the El Granada school. 

They gave the all-clear at about noon, reporting in a text alert, “the school was thoroughly searched and no bombs or dangerous materials were found.”

The school was well prepared for such an event. In January, parents and students who attend Wilkinson School practiced an emergency drill, according to Stephanie Weber, director of business and operations at the school. 

Weber said the earlier practice helped, with staff and students knowing what to do in response to the threat. 

Weber said this was the first time she can recall a bomb threat was issued at the school, which is a private kindergarten through eighth-grade school that has been operating on the coast since 1977.

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