CHANDLER, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Valley law enforcement are investigating at least three bomb threats called into schools. It joins a list of schools across the country that had similar threats.
Now authorities are wondering if it was the same person behind the threats.
Thousands of school children were evacuated, and thousands of parents were alerted of the threat. Emergency procedures went into action with officers and bomb-sniffing dogs responding to the schools. The same scene played out three times at Fulton Elementary School in Chandler, Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley, and Parkview Elementary School in Surprise. All received similar phone calls of a bomb threat just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
"It's not a human voice, it's some sort of computer generated voice that was used, the message was consistent in the sounds across the board," said Chandler Police Sgt. Joe Favazzo.
After a search each school was cleared, no bombs were found, the kids were all safe. Now investigators are working to learn who placed the calls, and why.
"Whatever the purpose was behind this, it's not funny, it was a strain on resources; police, fire, and the schools," said Favazzo.
While first responders are relieved that the bomb threats were fake, the concern about the source of the bomb scare remains high.
"This is taken very seriously, this is a threat, and when you spread it out like this in my opinion, this is domestic terrorism, this is exactly what this is, you have now terrorized this school, the parents, and citizens surrounding the community, this is not acceptable," he said.
A Flagstaff school also reportedly received a bomb threat Tuesday along with more than a dozen schools in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.