PD investigating threats at Valley schools

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 00:32:22-05

Police are continuing to investigate threats that have prompted sweeps and evacuations at Valley schools on Tuesday.

Mesa police have cleared Franklin at Alma Elementary after receiving a bomb threat Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:40 p.m. at the school near Guadalupe and Alma School.

In addition to Mesa, police agencies have received threats at schools in Chandler, Surprise and Glendale.

Valley Vista High School in Surprise, Arrowhead Elementary School in Glendale, and multiple schools in Chandler have all received threats.

Chandler, Mesa and Glendale police tell ABC15 it is unclear at this time if the incidents are connected.

"It was the most frightening phone call that I could have ever gotten," Arrowhead Elementary parent Lauri Gutmann said.

She received an automated message from the school alerting her to the phoned-in threat.

"To think for a second that I would go to work and kiss [my son] goodbye and then never see him again, is just traumatizing to me," Gutmann said.

She wants whoever is behind the threat to be punished.

Police in New Jersey said they had traced robotic threats to a phone line in Bakersfield, Calif., according to Reuters.