Phone call sparks brief ‘soft lockdown’ at Saugus High School
Sgt. Tim Vander Leek, Deputy Tom Drake and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station spokeswoman Shirley Miller share information outside Saugus High School on Feb. 15, 2018. Austin Dave/The Signal
By Jim Holt and Austin Dave
Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Saugus High School was placed on “soft lockdown” Thursday morning after school officials received a phone call that “concerned” them, school and law enforcement sources confirmed.

The incident was cleared by about 11:15 a.m. with no injuries or arrests, per sheriff’s officials, who indicated the effort was a precautionary measure. A soft lockdown is a precaution taken by the school to keep students inside the school.

The nature, scope and details about what prompted the precautionary measure were not immediately shared by first responders.

BREAKING: Saugus High on a soft lockdown

BREAKING: Several sheriff’s department units are at Saugus High in connection with a soft lockdown. Reporter Austin Dave is live with details.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/02/phone-call-sparks-soft-lockdown-saugus-high-school/

Posted by Santa Clarita Valley Signal on Thursday, February 15, 2018

However, Sheriff’s Station officials noted that there tends to be heightened awareness and sensitivity to concerns involving school security in the aftermath of an incident like the fatal school shooting in Florida on Wednesday, in which 17 people confirmed dead.

Multiple units were on scene within minutes of the call to secure the campus.

A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detective and Hart school district spokesman Dave Caldwell share information outside Saugus High School on Feb. 15, 2018. Austin Dave/The Signal

A receptionist at the school confirmed for The Signal that the school was under “soft lockdown,” adding “it’s nothing on campus.”

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station surrounded the school in 10 cruisers – eight seen parked near the school’s front office and two on a nearby street.

UPDATE: Saugus High lockdown lifted

UPDATE: Deputies give an update about a soft lockdown and a threat phoned to Saugus High School this morning.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/02/phone-call-sparks-soft-lockdown-saugus-high-school/

Posted by Santa Clarita Valley Signal on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Teachers at the school were advised in an email obtained by The Signal: “Please keep students inside of your classrooms until further notice. There is no real threat at this time, but we received a concerning phone call , and are in the process of making sure the area on campus is clear. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.”

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BREAKING: Saugus High on a soft lockdown

BREAKING: Several sheriff’s department units are at Saugus High in connection with a soft lockdown. Reporter Austin Dave is live with details.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/02/phone-call-sparks-soft-lockdown-saugus-high-school/

Posted by Santa Clarita Valley Signal on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Phone call sparks brief ‘soft lockdown’ at Saugus High School

Saugus High School was placed on “soft lockdown” Thursday morning after school officials received a phone call that “concerned” them, school and law enforcement sources confirmed.

The incident was cleared by about 11:15 a.m. with no injuries or arrests, per sheriff’s officials, who indicated the effort was a precautionary measure. A soft lockdown is a precaution taken by the school to keep students inside the school.

The nature, scope and details about what prompted the precautionary measure were not immediately shared by first responders.

However, Sheriff’s Station officials noted that there tends to be heightened awareness and sensitivity to concerns involving school security in the aftermath of an incident like the fatal school shooting in Florida on Wednesday, in which 17 people confirmed dead.

Multiple units were on scene within minutes of the call to secure the campus.

A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detective and Hart school district spokesman Dave Caldwell share information outside Saugus High School on Feb. 15, 2018. Austin Dave/The Signal

A receptionist at the school confirmed for The Signal that the school was under “soft lockdown,” adding “it’s nothing on campus.”

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station surrounded the school in 10 cruisers – eight seen parked near the school’s front office and two on a nearby street.

UPDATE: Saugus High lockdown lifted

UPDATE: Deputies give an update about a soft lockdown and a threat phoned to Saugus High School this morning.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/02/phone-call-sparks-soft-lockdown-saugus-high-school/

Posted by Santa Clarita Valley Signal on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Teachers at the school were advised in an email obtained by The Signal: “Please keep students inside of your classrooms until further notice. There is no real threat at this time, but we received a concerning phone call , and are in the process of making sure the area on campus is clear. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.”

jholt@signalscv.com

661-287-5527

On Twitter @jamesarthurholt