Police outside New Brighton Middle School after it was evacuated due to a bomb threat Wednesday.
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K-12 Education

Capitola police give all clear after New Brighton Middle School receives bomb threat

New Brighton Middle School reported a bomb threat around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Capitola police said the bomb threat, which was left as a voicemail, appears to have come from out of the area. Classes were ended early so police could clear the school. Police are continuing to investigate but said they found nothing suspicious at the school. Classes are set to resume Thursday.

The first day back at school for New Brighton Middle School students was cut short by a bomb threat — that has since been cleared — on Wednesday, prompting an investigation by Capitola police.

Shortly after officials reported the call, school staff and students safely exited the campus. Students were escorted to Shorelife Community Church, where guardians were asked to pick up their kids.

School officials said classes would resume Thursday and additional counselors will be on campus to provide support.

Capitola Police Captain Sarah Ryan said the department received the report from the school at around 11:30 a.m., but she didn’t know when the school received the voicemail. She added that it appears the call came from out of the area, and police are continuing to investigate.

She said law enforcement cleared the campus with assistance from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County. Ryan said first responders found nothing suspicious on the campus and cleared it of any threats. She added that investigators are in contact with the school regarding updates on their investigation.

The district sent several messages to families Wednesday morning and early afternoon regarding the bomb threat and evacuation.

In her Wednesday message informing families about the return to school Thursday, New Brighton Principal Christina Hadreas said the “campus has been cleared by law enforcement, and we are looking forward to welcoming students back to school.”

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