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Updated: Lockdown lifted, Campus Drive Reopened

The alert went out shortly after noon based on an unspecified threat.

placed , the neighboring office and on a "precautionary" lockdown around midday Tuesday to investigate a letter indicating people would be killed on the high school campus. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 2:30 p.m., and Campus drive was reopened about two hours after that.

Students were released onto the high school's football field after being holed up in classrooms while police investigated the threat. Police won't say how their investigation led them to Holly Avenue, but because the school was on a minimum day schedule, the lockdown affected only a handful of students there.

Police say the at at any specific person. No arrests have been made, and Arcadia Police Sgt. Tom LeVeque said police have not finished interviewing students.

The exact contents of the letter remain unclear.

The rumor circulating amongst several students was that the letter read, "11.01.11 is a good day to die" and its writer allegedly threatened to set a bomb off on campus.

Outside the high school, helicopters could be seen overhead and streets around the campus were blocked off Tuesday afternoon. Parents were waiting outside the campus after 2 p.m. to pick up their kids and many said they had been in contact with their children via text message.

Officers directing traffic in the area said parents had remained calm and heeded warnings to stay away from the campus until the end of the school day.

Parent Tina Rodriguez said that she wasn't too worried about the lockdown but became alarmed when her daughter sent her a text message saying, "I love you."

"She doesn't usually say stuff like that," Rodriguez said. "She's OK right now; she's drawing comics."

Lina Austria said her son, who did not eat lunch before the lockdown, was fine, but hungry. 

"I told him, 'I have a burrito, can you get it by the gym?'" Austria laughed. "He said, 'I can't leave the classroom.'"

Senior Nick Lucas was in his economics class when police and school officials called the lockdown, which he called "boring."

"We just sat there and played games on our phones," he said.

Lucas' friend, junior Paige Torres, said she "didn't feel scared, just worried." Torres was in her history class during the lockdown.

The initial alert went out about 12:18 p.m. on Nixle:

Arcadia HS currently on lockdown. Arcadia Police on scene & conducting a threats investigation.

The Arcadia High School was placed on lockdown shortly before noon today. School officials became aware of threats made against the school earlier this morning, and notified the Arcadia Police Department. School and Arcadia Police officials are working together conducting an investigation on campus. Students will remain on lockdown until further notice.

Patch will update this post as we get more information.

hello November 01, 2011 at 07:46 PM
11:54 to be exact. Thanks for the late notice.
Robert November 01, 2011 at 07:47 PM
lol wtf is goin on
Freddi Lindsey November 01, 2011 at 08:02 PM
My son is a student....he believes death threats have been circulated. They are locked in their classrooms, but do not feel any sense of fear at this time....
Patrick Lee November 01, 2011 at 08:33 PM
anyone take any photos? Upload them here!
Patrick Lee November 01, 2011 at 08:33 PM
thanks for the update, Freddi!
Betty Saleh November 01, 2011 at 08:46 PM
apparently a student wrote a death threat letter to a specific teacher, according to channel 5 news
Betty Saleh November 01, 2011 at 08:47 PM
my daughter also a student there
Patrick Lee November 01, 2011 at 08:53 PM
thank, betty. we've updated the story with the KTLA info. Glad everyone appears to be safe.
eric n November 01, 2011 at 09:13 PM
My good friend goes to this school and she called me saying she was very scared and afraid she was going to die. So sorry Freddi but thats not true.
forsure November 01, 2011 at 09:15 PM
got message from kid, they can leave now!!
jessica November 01, 2011 at 09:24 PM
my dad is a teacher there and i just talked to him, he said they can't leave yet but maybe soon
forsure November 01, 2011 at 09:28 PM
omg, the swat teams coming
forsure November 01, 2011 at 09:31 PM
swat teams coming to check the classrooms
stacy November 01, 2011 at 10:10 PM
everyones all over reacting!
Ruben L. Corral November 01, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Good afternoon, You can thank the Colorado high school incident about ten years ago for the police response. Support your police dept.
Charlotte CL Han November 01, 2011 at 10:31 PM
It's not an overreaction. Many people are afraid for the lives of students and faculty alike because the incident itself is dangerous! I'm an alumni of Arcadia High and my brother attends this school currently...so the fear is only natural!
Charlotte CL Han November 01, 2011 at 10:37 PM
They are letting classes out one at a time. My brother says he is not allowed to answer his phone and is now in a long line to be released from school.
stacy November 01, 2011 at 11:13 PM
yes it is an over reaction.. and i am also a alumni of arcadia high school this has happened before and the arcadia police have nothing better to do! don't you think if its a "bomb threat" they should have safely realsed the students earlier..and not have them locked down on campus?? really
Betty Saleh November 01, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Not overreacting, if they don't check out threats and someone gets hurt, everyone will say they did nothing. Arcadia police and school district handled this well. And we're very lucky that Arcadia PD has the resources to dedicate to the school to make sure everyone is safe. I for one am grateful that they take every threat seriously. Anyone remember the young girl who was stabbed and killed at her high school just last month. Mom told the district about the threat and they did nothing. And we don't know yet if it was a bomb threat or something else. Kids are safer on lockdown and not milling about.
Arcadia Student November 01, 2011 at 11:21 PM
A death threat letter was discovered in a class room for the teacher, causing the school to go on lock down. It is rumored that 2 girls were taken from their classes during the drill as suspects. They were apparently mad at the teacher and a friend, and in the note she threatened to call the person right before she shot herself. Knowing Arcadia, we might never figure out what occurred due to their fear of bad publicity, but Apache News will get to the bottom of this. I promise!
Patrick Lee November 01, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Hi Arcadia Student: If the Apache News would like to put up a blog post on Patch or cross post a story, we're happy to have you! Email Arcadia editor Natalie Ragus: natalie.ragus (a) patch.com
Tessia November 01, 2011 at 11:39 PM
What happened was that a child found a death three and turned it in to the teacher and I lt gt to the cops so they had a lockdown the school was let out at 2:50 I know this because I go to the school this is what happened my friend was the onewho turned the threat in. It was a bomb threat
Lucy Nech November 01, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Pasadena Star News has an article on the lockdown: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_19240556 The article is several hours old, but maybe there's some useful info.
C. Puffs November 01, 2011 at 11:54 PM
@Arcadia Student: Arcadia High is a public school, it doesn't have publicity. It would do more damage for the administration to withhold information than to hand it out. And Apache News doesn't do investigative reporting, it's a bulletin service. Are you sure you're even in APN?
C. Puffs November 01, 2011 at 11:54 PM
@Arcadia Student: Arcadia High is a public school, it doesn't have publicity. It would do more damage for the administration to withhold information than to hand it out. And Apache News doesn't do investigative reporting, it's a bulletin service. Are you sure you're even in APN?
Sebastian Zeferino November 02, 2011 at 02:28 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebr14/sets/72157628032409078/detail/
Monrovia Betty November 02, 2011 at 06:00 AM
I understand the frustration of the students being in a lockdown situation. However, the kids need to understand that all threats are taken seriously. Thankfully nothing serious happened, just a minor inconvenience. If something terrible did happen, you would hope that they police would be as active and investigative as they were today. Even though I am a mere reader of this article, and not an Arcadia resident, I hope the kids there realize that they are lucky to have a community that has a plan, and takes action to protect them. Kudos to the staff and students of Arcadia High School and the Arcadia Police Department!
Natalie Ragus (Editor) November 02, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Sebastian, can I take the photos and post them on Patch? Also, you can upload them directly to Patch. Text or call me at 626-298-3371 if you need instructions on how to do this.
Arcadia Student November 02, 2011 at 06:49 PM
It does have publicity, are you joking? We're one of the best schools in the country and we recieve a lot of attention because of this. If you even googled the lockdown you would have seen all the different stand-ups created by all the local stations, along with the news stories posted in papers across the country. I find your lack of knowledge about Apache News also distrubing, and would hope that people who vioce their opinion on an atricle as serious as this one would have a vague understanding about what they were talking about. Also, very credible name.
Arcadia Student November 02, 2011 at 06:50 PM
It does have publicity, are you joking? We're one of the best schools in the country and we recieve a lot of attention because of this. If you even googled the lockdown you would have seen all the different stand-ups created by all the local stations, along with the news stories posted in papers across the country. I find your lack of knowledge about Apache News also distrubing, and would hope that people who vioce their opinion on an atricle as serious as this one would have a vague understanding about what they were talking about. Also, very credible name.

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