San Marcos High School was evacuated Tuesday afternoon while law enforcement investigated a safety threat, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities said there was a report of a threat made to the school at about 1 p.m., prompting the school to be evacuated and nearby roads to be shut down.
By 4:30 p.m., San Marcos Unified School District confirmed that all students and staff had been evacuated and were safe. Affected roads were reopened at this point, but a Sig Alert remained in effect.
Deputies added that access to the high school was still closed.
SkyRanger 7 flew above the campus at about 2 p.m., and hundreds of students were sitting in a field away from buildings but still on campus. An hour later, the students were being transported to San Marcos Middle School where they would be released to a parent or guardian.
SDSO’s ASTREA helicopter was at the scene conducting a safety scan of the campus. As of 2 p.m., officials had not found any kind of evidence to validate the safety threat. A K-9 was being brought onto campus to aid in the investigation.
The incident prompted West San Marcos Boulevard to be shut down as authorities surveyed the area. Traffic was diverted onto South Rancho Santa Fe and Discovery Street until the road closure was lifted a few hours later.
No injuries have been reported.
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