SANTA ANA (AP) – Mater Dei High School was reopened Thursday after it was closed on Tuesday, following the discovery of a “credible threat” of violence, administrators.
Additional security measures have been put in place, according to the school. A former employee at the school sent the threat to the school, according to published reports.
Specific details regarding the nature of the threat against the Santa Ana campus and how it came to the school’s attention were not immediately released, it was reported. Administrators consulted with police and were advised that the threats were potentially legitimate, school officials said.
“We wouldn’t close the school for several days if this appeared to be a hoax,” said Allison Bergeron, Mater Dei’s director of communications. “We are doing this to make sure our kids are safe and law enforcement has enough time to conduct their investigation.”
Department chairs developed online education options while the campus was closed, the school said.
The closure occurred during the last week of campus instruction and one week before finals.
It came a week after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
More than 2,000 students attend Mater Dei High, a coed Catholic school.