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* Bomb threat in an elementary school in Santa Clara has caused a heightened police presence

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A bomb threat at an elementary school in Santa Clara has caused a heightened police presence at the school this morning, Santa Clara Unified School District spokeswoman Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley said. On Aug. 4, officials at Briarwood Elementary found graffiti on a door on campus that threatened a bomb would be set off at the school today, Kappeler-Hurley said. Santa Clara police have been on campus throughout Thursday night and this morning, and a bomb-sniffing police dog has gone through the entire campus and has not found any explosive materials, she said. School started at 8:40 a.m. and Kappeler-Hurley said at about 8:20 a.m. that some parents would likely hold their children out of school today to be safe, or might bring them in later than normal.  “We do anticipate some folks will keep their kids at home, and that’s their decision to make, but we hope they’ll feel confident about our
security measures and bring them in,” she said. No arrests have been made in connection with the bomb threat, according to Kappeler-Hurley. Monday was the first day of the school year at the school, located at 1930 Townsend Ave., she said.
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