CLOVIS, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Clovis East High School and Reyburn Intermediate School were placed on a “facility alert” Friday to allow for investigation after rumors surfaced of a potential threat on-campus.
The facility alert, which Clovis Unified officials clarify is not synonymous with a lockdown, was called due to an investigation into rumors of an on-campus safety threat.
Officials say the alert is being called “out of an abundance of caution” and allows investigation without disruption from students during the schools’ “passing period.”
“We are following our well-rehearsed school safety plan and will keep our parent community informed over the course of this facility alert,” said Clovis Unified representative Kelly Avants.
In an email to parents, Avants said that while law enforcement continued to investigate the social media threat, students had been cleared to leave school. Officials say that busses may be slightly delayed, and alternate pick-up locations would be used in order to reduce traffic around the campus.
As of 3:35 p.m., Avants said all students had been released from campus following the facility alert while law enforcement investigated the incident. She also said all on-campus and co-curricular programs scheduled for Friday afternoon and evening have been canceled or postponed.
Avants released the following statement below following the release of students from campus:
“I want to express my deep appreciation to our students and staff, all of whom followed our well-rehearsed safety plan without incident. I encourage our parent community to use today’s experience to talk with your child about the importance of making smart choices on social media, reporting online threats to an adult, and the serious consequences that can be faced by young people making or perpetuating online rumors. Be assured that our school leaders consider the safety of our students a top priority, and act quickly if we believe there is even a remote possibility of a risk to our campus.”
This story was updated on Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. to add new information and to provide an update about student dismissals from the Reagan Educational Center.