Investigators and a bomb-sniffing dog from the San Mateo County bomb squad have completed their search of the campus of Woodside High School and things are more or less back to normal, Principal Diane Burbank said a phone message to the school community at 12:10 p.m. this afternoon.
Investigators declared the campus safe at about 11:45 a.m., Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.
Classes resume as usual on Friday, April 3, Ms. Burbank said. Activities scheduled for April 2 will take place, she added.
The incident began with a bomb threat called in from off campus, she said. Students and staff left the classrooms at 9:30 a.m. and gathered on the school's football field. Ms. Burbank said she decided to cancel classes for the day in light of the length of time investigators would likely need in searching the campus for bombs.
School staff released students one by one as parents and guardians called in to authorize it or came by to pick students up. When exiting the classrooms, they were told to leave their backpacks and other personal items.
Students who drove to school and had car keys with them when they evacuated were allowed to leave, but only after an authorizing call from a guardian, Ms. Burbank said.
No one was reported hurt.
A student said that the exodus to the football field began at around 9:30 a.m., when an alarm sounded.
This student said two officers grabbed a student ahead in line who had cursed the officers. They "threw him on the ground," the student said.
When asked about feeling scared, the student replied, "A little bit."
All told, the officers detained four students, the student said.
Ms. Rosenblatt from the Sheriff's Office said she could not respond to the student's account until she talked with the deputies involved.
She did say that deputies arrested two youths on "behavior issues." While she did not know the exact charges that triggered the arrests, they were not related to the bomb threat, she said.