A man whose daughter attends La Jolla Country Day School claimed responsibility over the weekend for a statement last week about placing a bomb on the campus, a comment that prompted a daylong cancellation of classes and an intensive search of the grounds.
In a memo Monday morning to teachers and families of students who attend the University City preschool-through-12th-grade institution, interim school head Judy Fox disclosed that the “non-custodial” parent of a student made the admission to a local television station.
“The news reporter has said that he has notified the police,” Fox wrote. “The school has also notified the police.”
The man who admitted leaving the voicemail message that led to the school closure told NBC 7 he did so out of frustration over administrators’ failure to grant his repeated requests for copies of his daughter’s class records.
The father, identified by the station as William Cooper, said he posed two questions in exasperation: “What do I need to get your attention? Do I need to say that I can get someone, a friend, to come and put a bomb in the school to get your attention?”
Cooper, who said he made the call to the school from England early last week, expressed amazement that officials would construe his words as a credible threat.
Last Wednesday, an hours-long search by the FBI with bomb-sniffing dogs turned up nothing hazardous on the campus. The school reopened on its normal schedule the following day.
A spokesman for the San Diego Police Department said the case remained under investigation and declined to comment further.
The mother of Cooper’s daughter “has stated she intends to withdraw her child from Country Day” this week, Fox stated in her memorandum.
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