UPDATE, 5 p.m. GUSD Superintendent Robert Voors sent the following message to parents of students in the district:
This message is to inform you of a situation today at Sandburg Middle School.
About noon, a student found a suspicious device on the second level athletic field. The device was brought to school bike rack away from the school buildings. The Glendora Police were called and responded immediately. Students were moved from the classrooms near the front of the school and Bennett Avenue in front of the school was temporarily closed off.
In an abundance of caution, the GPD notified the Sheriff Department Bomb Squad, who responded and detonated what appeared to be some type of model rocket engine. Students and staff were not in danger. Bennett was reopened by 1:45 pm and school dismissed as usual at 2:30 pm. We are thankful for the exceptional response of our staff and students and the immediate response of the Glendora Police Department and emergency services.
Please remind your student(s) to always notify an adult on campus immediately if they should encounter a similar situation.
Thank you and have a good evening.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Bennett Avenue has been reopened. Parents may drive up to the front of the school. According to police, the suspicious device turned out to be a model rocket fuel pack and was deemed harmless. Classes resumed when the lockdown was lifted at around 1:15 p.m.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: LA County Fire reports that the package found on Sandburg Middle School campus has been "disarmed." No word yet on what the contents of the package were.
Sandburg Middle School is currently on lockdown after a suspicious package was found in the bike rack area of the school.
Glendora Police were called to the scene around noon and is currently investigating. A bomb squad responded to the scene at 12:52 p.m.
Glendora Police has closed Bennett Avenue between Barranca and Grand avenues.
There is no word yet on when the lockdown will be lifted.
This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.