Hatch Elementary was placed in a lock down this afternoon. The school received a phone call at about 1:20 p.m. The call was answered by office staff who reported an individual using some sort of technology to disguise their voice, stated they were on their way with a gun to the school to hurt students. The call was also blocked, so no identification of the caller is possible. The Sheriff’s Department was called and responded immediately. I was contacted at 1:25 p.m. and placed Pilarcitos and the District office into lock down as well. Deputies also went to HMB High and Cunha, though these two schools were not placed in lock down.
Deputies arriving at Hatch quickly developed their perimeter and assessed the situation. Once a lock down is initiated and law enforcement responds, they make all decisions from that point until the lock down is removed. At 1:55 p.m, the lock down was removed and primary students were released to their parents (dismissal time is 1:45 p.m.). Deputies remained on campus through the 2:35 p.m. intermediate grade dismissal. Deputies also remained present at the high school and Cunha through their dismissal periods. Deputies will return tomorrow to sweep the various schools to further ensure the safety of students and staff. Jim Ward, Hatch principal, also sent out a robot-call informing families of the event.
We are working with Lt. Munsey to set up a meeting to debrief the events. Initial information shows this was very well handled. Staff at Hatch and Pilarcitos did a great job in quickly securing classrooms and offices. The Sheriff’s Department response was also excellent. Thank you to all involved for your response. Should any new information develop, I will be happy to send this out.
Tony Roehrick, Ed.D.
Cabrillo Unified School District
498 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019