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* San Mateo Police Say Teen Accused Of Setting Off Bomb Inside Hillsdale High School At 3115 Del Monte St. Likely Acted Alone

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San Mateo police believe that a former Hillsdale High School student who was arrested after he allegedly detonated an explosive device inside the school this morning acted alone, but his motive for the attack is still unclear.Police received several calls from people at Hillsdale High School beginning at 8:07 a.m. reporting that there was possibly a person with a gun on campus, police said.Moments later, police received more calls reporting an explosion inside the school, located at 3115 Del Monte St. in San Mateo.Officers arrived within minutes and confirmed that an explosion had happened and that nobody had been hurt, police said. School staff members who witnessed the explosion detained the suspect, a 17-year-old former student who had additional explosive devices in his possession, police said.Police did not find a gun. Following the school’s safety plan, staff members quickly
evacuated the school’s 1,270 students to nearby Abbott Middle School. The school district sent automated telephone calls to parents advising them that the school had been evacuated, that nobody was hurt and directing them to pick up their children at the middle school, police said.Classes were canceled for the day as police, with help from other agencies and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s bomb squad, searched the campus to make sure no additional devices had been planted in the school.The Police Department also sent out an automated message to nearby residents advising them to shelter in place until they could confirm that the area was safe.As of about 1:40 p.m. police were still searching the school and the area remained closed to the public.Updated information on the incident, along with links to resources designed to help people cope with traumatic events, can be found on the school district’s Web site at http://www.smuhsd.org/.

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