A parent leads her children away from an pickup area after R.D White Elementary School was evacuated due to a bomb threat on Monday, January 7, 2013.

A parent leads her children away from an pickup area after R.D White Elementary School was evacuated due to a bomb threat on Monday, January 7, 2013. (Roger Wilson/Staff photographer / January 7, 2013)

A bomb threat called into R.D. White Elementary school Monday morning that prompted an evacuation of the entire campus was determined to be a prank call, police said.

Police will still attempt identify the caller – a task that can be challenging given software that can help people mask their calls,  Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Still, he said, “we have been successful.”

Lorenz recalled a similar prank call to a Glendale business several years ago regarding a bomb threat. He said detectives were able to track down the caller to a European country, after which detectives enlisted the aid of the FBI.

Monday’s incident, Lorenz said, was a “rude awakening” for the students and staff on their first day back to school following their winter break.

Still, he added the school staff was “well-prepared” to react to the threat and that the incident proved to be a “good exercise."

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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