School closed off

All schools in the Needles Unified School District are to resume tomorrow (April 10) on a normal schedule.

SAUL A. FLORES/Needles Desert Star

NEEDLES — The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Colorado River Station released a statement regarding the announcement sent out by Mary McNeil, Ph.D., Needles Unified School District superintendent, regarding a school closure at all school sites on April 9.

The press release states that deputies respond to Needles High School regarding an e-mail threat of violence. Detectives immediately responded and began working closely with the NUSD and other investigate divisions of the sheriff’s department assisted with the investigation.

According to the sheriff’s station, in San Bernardino County there has been a rash of e-mail threats that have been determined to be a hoax. At this time, it appears there is no violence at any school in the NUSD.

“We take every threat of this nature as a credible one until we are sure that is not viable,” said McNeil through e-email. “I am very thankful to the support and hard work of my management tea, transportation and maintenance staff, board member (John Paul) Lusk, San Bernardino Sheriff and the city of Needles during this incident. All school will resume tomorrow (April 10) on a normal schedule.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Colorado River Station states that anyone with more information regarding this investigate is urged to contact their detective division at 760-326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the WE-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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