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Carl Hayden HS threat: 75% of students stayed home

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Hundreds of students called in sick at Carl Hayden high school Friday because of a message that was found on campus threatening violence on valentine's day.

Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled at the school and on a normal Friday there's about 1,500 teens on campus. Today there were only 500. Students who showed up were determined to have a productive day despite the threat.
    
The Phoenix Union High School District would not talk specifically about the threat only saying it claimed something bad would happen and it didn't.
 
Among the students who made it to school Friday were members of Carl Hayden's award winning robotics team. The team is too busy to miss any time at school.

"You know we only have a few days left to work as much as possible to get this robot done and ready for the competition," said Martin Carranza.
 
The robot the team is working on is called "Lorenzo's Dream". "Lorenzo" picks up and throws a big blue ball.
 
"Ok so as it drives around hits one of these buttons when it closes it loads ball up and fires catapult launches it in the air," said Fredi Lajvardi.
 
Outside the school there was a heavy police presence and lots of security. There were no problems for students arriving this morning.

"If anything I feel safer today there are less people and more security taking care of us so if anything I feel safer today," said Nayovi Leon.

The team has a 3 d printer working to make parts for Lorenzo the robot. Every day counts for these students as they've got a competition next month. They will be ready and so will Lorenzo.

Next up for the Carl Hayden robotics team a regional competition at Hamilton High School in March. The winner of the competition will go to the world championship in St. Louis in April.

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