Mira Costa, Pennekamp Closed for the Day
Dec 11, 2015 08:54AM
● Published by Jeanne Fratello
Update, 4:00 p.m. Friday from Superintendent Mike Matthews:
"As was the case on Monday, the Manhattan Beach Police Department has declared that no suspicious activity exists at Mira Costa High School. We thank them for their quick and thorough support. Our campuses are open and we will be ready for students on Monday. As a precautionary measure, MBPD will be present at Mira Costa and all MBUSD schools throughout Monday."Mira Costa High School
is closed Friday for the second day this week after receipt of a threat.
of an abundance of caution, nearby Pennekamp Elementary School
has also been
closed for the day, according to Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Superintendent Mike Matthews.
Dr. Matthews sent a recorded message to MBUSD parents just before classes were set to begin Friday.
as sorry as anybody to be having this conversation again, but we
received yet another threat to Mira Costa High School, this time via
email, and we have been in contact with police and we have made the
decision to close Mira Costa for the day," said Matthews. "We have also decided, because
of proximity, to close Pennekamp for the day."
The threat, received by email, was "specific in nature," according to Matthews. He promised to stay in touch with parents throughout the day.
Mira Costa was closed Monday
after students had arrived, with students sent home for the day, after a
threat was phoned in to the school office. Nothing suspicious was found
on campus, as more than 80 law enforcement and emergency personnel
scoured each classroom and facility along with nine canine units,
according to MBUSD. The initial phone call is being investigated.