Dec. 21: Some school threats, but police give the all-clear
There were some tense moments Friday -- no credible threats --at Southern California schools as officials dealt with fake rumors of problems related to the Dec. 21, 2012, "doomsday" scenario.
Most schools saw no problems. But there was some police activity on a small number of campuses, mostly over threats seen on the Internet.
Numerous schools in Michigan, in response to the doomsday predictions, closed two days early for the holidays.
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials reported "unsubstantiated rumors have resulted in an increased presence of deputies at La Mirada High School" on Friday morning.
Capt. Pat Maxwell said the Norwalk Sheriff's Station was responding to reports that an unspecified threat was made against the school.
Earlier Friday, deputies swarmed on the campus at Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona after two telephone threats were made Friday morning against the school. A SWAT team and sheriff's helicopter briefly appeared on campus.
A similar security alert occurred at South Pasadena High amid heightened concern in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting last week that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 elementary school students.
Police checked out reports of problems Thursday at Pacifica High School in Oxnard but found nothing.