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May 26, 2015 (Santee) – West Hills High School in Santee was placed in lockdown today after staff received a call at 9:15 a.m. claiming that several bombs had been placed around the campus.

Sheriff’s deputies swiftly responded and found suspicious items, prompting a call to the Bomb Arson unit and a lockdown order for the campus.  Additional agencies were summoned including the Santee Fire Dept., San Diego Fire Bomb Squad, federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cal Fire, El Cajon Police and numerous Sheriff’s detectives.

However, after a thorough search of the school, the suspicious items were determined not to be explosives.  The lockdown was lifted and the school resumed normal operations, said Sergeant Kevin Ralph with the Sheriff’s department.

If you have information on this case, you can call the Sheriff’s non-emergency line at (858)565-5200. Or you can remain anonymous and eligible for up to a $1,000 reward leading to an arrest by calling Crime Stoppers at (888)8477.

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