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UPDATED: Bomb threat closes La Jolla Country Day School

FBI and police say threat not made by student or employee

The La Jolla Country Day School Marching Band takes part in the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
The La Jolla Country Day School Marching Band takes part in the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
(Pat Sherman)

Classes have been canceled on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at La Jolla Country Day School because of a bomb threat, an FBI official said Tuesday night.

The school received a phone call on Tuesday from a “known individual“ who threatened to place a bomb at a specific location on the campus on a specific date, FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said.

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The school decided to cancel classes “because of specific language contained in the threat and out of an abundance of caution,” Foxworth said.

In a statement provided to La Jolla Light Wednesday morning, Feb. 4, Country Day Head of School Judy Fox said classes would resume at their normal time, Thursday morning, Feb. 5.

“We are confident that the school is safe,” Fox said. “The identity of the individual who made the specific threat is known and this person has never been affiliated with the school. Law enforcement agencies are at the school today, working to assure school is safe and to gather information for their investigation. Their personnel swept the entire campus with trained bomb dogs and concentrated in the areas where the device was purported to be. Nothing was uncovered. We will have additional security coverage tomorrow at each entry gate. Please leave a few minutes of extra time when you drop off your children. We ask adults in the community to reassure students that our school is a safe place. If you have specific questions, please direct them to my office.”

The private college-preparatory school is located on Genesee Avenue, near Regents Road. It serves nearly 1,200 students from age 3 to grade 12.

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Foxworth would not say whether the alleged threat cited a grievance with the school or its administration, though he said the person who made the threat is also believed to be responsible for making dozens of allegedly harassing telephone calls to the school on or about Tuesday, Feb. 3. The incident is not related to other bomb threats made recently to high schools in the San Diego County area, he said.