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Threat spurs 1500 students to skip school

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Police officers patrolled a quiet Carl Hayden High School Friday, prepared to take out any threat posed to students or teachers.

Phoenix Union High School officials called for the extra security after they discovered a note in the bathroom on Tuesday, promising to carry out "a threat" on Feb.14.

Carl Hayden High School Principal Ricardo Cordova sent a letter to parents on Thursday alerting them of the threat the school received earlier in the week. On Friday, parents responded by keeping their children home from school.

Out of the high school's 2,000 students, only 500 came to school. Valentina Rocha's granddaughter was one of the few in class on Friday.

"We've been calling her on her phone to see if everything's okay," Rocha said.

Rocha, like many parents, didn't want students to go to school but she gave her granddaughter the choice.

"I said, 'I really don't think you should go,'" Rocha said. "I mean, what's one day?"

Other parents weren't taking any chances; 75 percent of the student body was marked absent on Valentine's Day, including Laura Urzua.

"Many students are scared and you don't know what's going to happen," Urzua said.

The school put several additional safety protocols in place but according to school officials, nothing happened. No one was arrested and despite small classes, it was business as usual for students like Miranda Saldavar at Carl Hayden High School.

"I wanted to come to school," Saldavar said. "I convinced my mom to let me come to school today."

Saldavar said thankfully, the threat was not carried out. Parents are still worried, however, about not knowing if the next school tragedy would happen at their child's school.

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