Bancroft Elementary School. Courtesy of Google Earth.

An anonymous and apparently unfounded claim that someone was planning to carry out a shooting at an East County elementary school prompted a lockdown of the campus Thursday.

Authorities investigated, but found no evidence of any such criminal plot at Bancroft Elementary School in Spring Valley.

An unidentified male caller, possibly a juvenile, telephoned Bancroft and made the threat about 2:45 p.m., according to San Diego County sheriff’s officials.

Teachers kept students secured in their classrooms while deputies investigated. The campus is part of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District.

”There were no further threats or other information substantiating the (telephone) threat,” Sgt. Michael Hettinger said.

Law enforcement personnel remained at the campus as a precaution while the school “initiated a structured dismissal” of the student body, the sergeant said.

The origin of the threat was under investigation.

– City News Service

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