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Suspicious package found at North Hollywood High

June 17, 2010 |  9:57 am

The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad deployed a robotic device Thursday morning to investigate a suspicious package at North Hollywood High School, authorities said.

The package, discovered at the front of the school about 6 a.m., resembled a box and had "some wires coming out of it," LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

Disposal was well underway by 9 a.m. and there had been no explosions, Borihanh said.

A custodian discovered the package, which was immediately reported to police, said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“At that point, phone messages were sent to parents and guardians to tell them to send students to school,” Pollard-Terry said. “All this took place before school was in session.”

Pollard-Terry said students were directed to a football stadium "a safe distance away" from where police were conducting their investigation.

"At this point, the principal is waiting for the all-clear," Pollard-Terry said.

The LAUSD spokeswoman stressed that North Hollywood’s graduation ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, would proceed as scheduled, but the district would provide additional security.

A total of 27,498 LAUSD seniors are expected to graduate in the class of 2010, Pollard-Terry said.

-- Ann M. Simmons