Bomb scare reported at Monte Vista
by Glenn Moore
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Bomb scare at Monte Vista
Tracy police cruisers block one of the entrances to Monte Vista Middle School after a report of a bomb at the campus Thursday, Sept. 13.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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An iPod speaker in a student’s backpack triggered a bomb scare at Monte Vista Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Tracy Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza said that at 11:30 a.m., a student was looking into another student’s backpack during class when he saw the speaker and shouted, “Hey there’s a bomb in here.”

Cardoza would not give the grade level of the class involved, but said it was an average class size of 20 to 32 students. The school has approximately 850 students in sixth to eighth grades. She also would not release information about the students involved.

The teacher evacuated the classroom and notified the school office, which then called Tracy police.

Students at the campus were told to shelter in place until the police arrived, which means they kept in place without the school doors being locked. That differs from a lockdown when doors are locked and students shelter underneath their desks, Cordoza said.

Tracy police had school officials evacuate students using fire drill procedures.

Cardoza said officers determined the item that prompted the student’s shout was a speaker from an iPod. There were no wires attached to the speaker, she said.

Students were allowed to return to the classroom after several minutes. A phone message was sent to all Monte Vista families informing them of the situation. Cordoza said the district takes any potential threat to student safety seriously.

Tracy police closed Tracy Boulevard and Lowell Avenue next to the campus while they investigated.

Messages left with the Tracy police seeking comment have not been returned as of Thursday afternoon.

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September 15, 2012
The school policies force the teachers to report any and all bomb threats regardless of whether or not they believe it to be true. They are not supposed to make any assumptions and to report it immediately.
September 13, 2012
Better safe than splattered.

Glad to read it was only a false alarm. Nowadays you just never know.
September 13, 2012
Wow. This idiot kid confuses an iPod speaker for a bomb and wastes tons of police time and money. What an idiot. I was driving on Tracy blvd trying to turn onto Lowell at the exact moment the cops showed up. It was a circus. Thanks a lot kid, you almost made me late to pick up my 3 year old from preschool.
September 13, 2012
It was not the best decision ever but I dont know that it is fair to call him or her an idiot. Kids at that age are still a bit imaginative, which has its good and bad aspects. I am sure his parents and friends are already going to give him the business. No need to publicly insult him. I dont know about you but I did a lot of things stupider than that when I was that age.

You can go around being horribly upset because you were almost late to pick up your 3 year old (a tragedy of not so epic proportions) or you can just be happy it didnt turn out to be a real bomb (a real potential tragedy).
September 13, 2012
The scary thing is this kid passed enough grades to make it to Monte Vista Middle School.

A person who confuses an IPOD speaker with a bomb needs to be checked out for developmental issues.

And the winner who is the teacher. What did she just freak out like a neurotic soccer mom, with out even investigating what all the hoopla was about?

Behold the circus that is Tracy Unified.

And they wonder why everyone tries to live south of Shulte to get into the Jefferson School District.

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