Bomb threat puts Cherokee Elementary School on lockdown

Cherokee Elementary School is a part of the Scottsdale Unified School District. (File photo)

Cherokee Elementary School is a part of the Scottsdale Unified School District. (File photo)

Cherokee Elementary School in the Town of Paradise Valley, Parkview Elementary School in The Dysart Unified School District and Fulton Elementary School in the Chandler Unified School District all received bomb threats on Tuesday, Oct. 20, according to officials.

Cherokee Elementary School, 8801 N. 56th St. in Paradise Valley, received a threat via telephone around 2 p.m., according to police and school officials. The school went into a modified lockdown prior to the 3:15 p.m. release time when students were released into a different area of the school while officials investigated, stated published news reports.

The Dysart Unified School District issued a statement on its website about a bomb threat that was also called into Parkview Elementary School, 16066 N. Parkview Place, in Surprise, around 1:45 p.m. according to reports.

The school was evacuated, per bomb-threat protocol. Students were walked to Valley Vista High School, less than half a mile away, where parents were able to pick up their children as of 3 p.m., stated officials in the reports.

Updates will be posted to the district website,, Zachery Fountain, a Dysart spokesman, stated in published reports.

“A Surprise police official said a bomb-sniffing dog from Luke Air Force Base had scanned the school, as did officers who were looking for any signs of a bomb.” stated published news reports. “By 4:30 p.m., police said no devices or suspicious items had been located and that the investigation is ongoing.”

Paradise Valley Town Manager Kevin Burke says the Paradise Valley Police Department is taking the threat seriously and is still investigating the matter.

“All kids are safe and no suspicious packages have been found,” he said in an Oct. 20 phone interview. “It appears Chandler and Scottsdale may be experiencing the same issue.”

A woman who answered the phone at Cherokee Elementary School was not able to comment on the situation.

“All I can tell you at this time is the kids are safe, everyone is in their classroom,” she said in an Oct. 20 phone interview. “We are on a modified lockdown and that is all I can tell you at this time.”

At 4:15 p.m. the Dysart District Tweeted that Parkview Elementary had been given the all clear by the Surprise Police Department.

Details about the threat at Chandler’s Fulton Elementary School, 4750 S. Sunland Dr., were not immediately available.

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Editor’s Note: News Services Editor Melissa Fittro contributed to this article.

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