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Bomb scare closes campus
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad sends in their robot to investigate a suspicious package at Julien Elementary. - photo by SABRA STAFFORD / The Journal
A suspicious package found outside Julien Elementary School resulted in the campus being evacuated and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad being sent out Friday morning.
Upon further investigation, the bomb squad determined the package was nothing more than debris, possibly a discarded school package, said Turlock Police Capt. Michael Langston.
“The school found it suspicious and thought it may have been something,” Langston said. “They did the right thing by calling us.”
The suspicious item was found shortly after 9 a.m. near the front entrance of the school on Canal Drive.
The 640 students and the staff were initially moved to the playground area and then directed to the gym and cafeteria at Turlock High School, located next door, Langston said.
Both the high school and the district office were put on a lockdown until shortly after 11:30 a.m., when the incident was cleared by law enforcement.
Julien is a year round school.
Langston said the Turlock Unified School District worked well with the police department and used their phone tree system to alert parents and let them know their children were safe.