Reporting Andrea Menniti
TRACY (CBS13) – Students at Kimball High School in Tracy were evacuated after another bomb threat was called in; and parents are getting sick and tired of the hoaxes.
The same thing happened at Tracy High School last week.
Almost 2,000 students filled the Kimball High stadium after the school’s second bomb threat.
“The principal says on the speaker we need to evacuate and I’m like ‘omg are you serious right now?” student Jewel Mayfield said.
In all, more than five threats at two separate high schools since early last week have been made.
Monday’s bomb threat was written on a wall in the boys’ locker room.
“You start to panic and then once you get to the bleachers, call your parents, you’re fine,” student Spencer Wendel said.
Even though officers arrested a pair of students last week for a bomb threat at nearby Tracy High School, the hoaxes aren’t stopping.
“They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is ridiculous,” mother Terri Mayfield said.
The Tracy Unified School District believes copy cats are behind the recent threats.
One bomb threat was called in, while someone used pencils or bark to write the others.
“The charges are felony charges. The students that have been arrested for Tracy High threats are being charged with terrorists threats. These are charges that will follow you the rest of your life,” said Jessica Cardoza, Tracy Unified School District.
A line stretched the length of the football field as hundreds of parents rushed to pick up their children; some waited in line for more than two hours.
“It’s very scary. You don’t know if they are crying wolf or of it’s the real deal. You don’t want to take a chance with your kids,” mother Dean Wendel said.
Frustration is fueling a protest of sorts for at least one mother.
“I’m not going to send my child because if we don’t do anything, it’s going to continue,” said Christina Gomez.
Bomb sniffing dogs didn’t find anything on campus. Meanwhile, the district is considering adding days to the school year to make up for time lost in the classroom.