NEEDLES — The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Colorado River Station released a statement regarding an announcement sent out by Mary McNeil, Needles Unified School District superintendent, regarding a school closure at all school sites on Monday.
The news release stated that deputies responded to Needles High School regarding an email threat of violence. Detectives immediately responded and began working closely with the NUSD and other investigative divisions of the sheriff’s department.
According to the sheriff’s station, in San Bernardino County there has been a rash of email threats that have been determined to be hoaxes. At this time, it appears there is no violence at any school in the NUSD.
In addition to Needles, schools in Colton Joint Unified, Fontana Unified, Helendale, Lucerne Valley Unified, Redlands Unified, Rim of the World and Yucaipa-Claimesa Joint Unified districts have received threats of violence.
“We take every threat of this nature as a credible one until we are sure that it is not viable,” said McNeil through email. “I am very thankful to the support and hard work of my management team, transportation and maintenance staff, board member (John Paul) Lusk, San Bernardino Sheriff and the City of Needles during this incident. All school will resume (Tuesday) on a normal schedule.”
The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Colorado River Station urged anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact its 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 leave information online at www.wetip.com.