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Silverado 'drill' cause for concern

District still mum on conflicting reports

VICTORVILLE • Thursday's bomb threat at Silverado High School has left teachers, students and parents in a state of confusion after they were told that the hour-and-a-half lockdown was a “drill.”

Victor Valley Union High School District officials did not respond to phone calls or emails on Friday. However, Cindy Bachman, a spokesperson from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department, confirmed that the lockdown was in response to a legitimate threat.

“Nowhere in there did we advise that it was a drill,” Bachman said. “I’ve seen the report and nothing in there indicates that it was a drill.”

Teachers were sent an email at 1:35 p.m. stating that the situation was a drill and to not release their students until instructed to do so.

“Do not call the office, we will let you know when the drill is over,” the email stated.

Parents also received an automatic phone call indicating a drill was taking place. At approximately 2:15 p.m., teachers were informed that security would be visiting classrooms to ask questions and that everyone should remain in their classes. Students were allowed to leave at their regularly scheduled time of 2:41.

Although nothing suspicious was found, many Daily Press readers commented on the peculiarity of the situation.

“I don’t have any children who attend the school, but I can understand your concern,” wrote commentor Janice Leigh on the Daily Press website. “If anything, they should have clarified what actually went on instead of saying it was ‘just a drill.’”

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at

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