Bomb threat at LAHS, school evacuated


Rohan Vaswani

Students evacuate to the baseball field following a bomb threat at LAHS.

A bomb threat prompted Los Altos High School to evacuate at approximately 9:10 a.m. All students at school were safe and accounted for, according to school Assistant Principal Suzanne Woolfolk. Residents on some nearby streets were also instructed to evacuate.

The threat was called in anonymously at around 8:55 a.m., Principal Wynne Satterwhite said, and the Los Altos Police Department arrived shortly after to canvas the campus, along with a canine unit. The fire department, county sheriff’s department and other local authorities were also at the scene, according to City of Los Altos spokesperson Sonia Lee.

Students were asked to go home on foot if they were given verbal permission from a parent or guardian, or remain with school staff. Personal belongings, including most bikes and cars, will remain at school until Monday, October 4, administrators said. 

During the evacuation, staff members distributed water and snacks to students, and set up shaded areas on the football field.

“I am so so proud of how every student and every staff member acted today,” Woolfolk said. “It was hot. It could’ve been scary. They were thirsty, so much was going on. They stayed calm and helpful, and that’s why we love our Los Altos [community].” 

Friday, October 1, 3:00 p.m. —  Bomb threat confirmed false

The bomb threat at Los Altos High School this morning has been confirmed as fake by LAHS administration. As a result of the loss of instructional time, Monday, October 4 will follow an even block schedule.

Students will be able to pick up their bikes, cars and critical personal belongings such as house keys and medications today during the following intervals based on classroom. All non-emergency belongings, such as laptops and backpacks, will be returned to students on Monday.

3:30–4:30 p.m.: 200/300/400/500 building classrooms
4:30–5:30 p.m.: 700/900 building classrooms
5:30–6:30 p.m.: 600 building classrooms

Tuesday, October 5, 1:39 p.m. — St. Francis High School receives bomb threat

Students are being evacuated out of St. Francis High School after a bomb threat was called in at 12:30 p.m. today. According to the Mountain View Police Department, all students are safe.

Anika Sikka and Mira Sundar contributed reporting.