NEEDLES—An email sent to Needles High School late Sunday night intiated the closure of all schools within the district Monday morning

Parents of children attending Needles schools were alerted to the threat Monday morning prior to classes starting.

Needles Unified School District Superintendent Mary McNeil said the district had received a “credible threat” against one of their schools and for safety concerns issued all to be closed Monday.

Sgt. Marc Bracco, Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said deputies from the Colorado River Station responded Sunday, April 8 around 10:30 p.m. regarding an e-mail threat of violence.

Detectives immediately responded and began working closely with the Needles Unified School District, said Bracco.

“School district personnel have been very cooperative. Other investigative divisions of the sheriff’s department are assisting with the investigation,” he said.

Bracco said in San Bernardino County there have been a rash of e-mail threats that have been determined to be a hoax. At this time, it appears there is no viable threat of violence at any school in the Needles Unified School District.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigates every threat thoroughly and will never take these incidents lightly, he said.

Per the Needles Unified School District, all schools will resume a normal schedule Tuesday, April 10.

Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Colorado River Sheriff’s Station – Detective Division at (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.