Lockdown lifted after suspicious packages found on school campus

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A Pearl City school went into lockdown for three hours Tuesday.

The call about two suspicious packages at Highlands Intermediate came in just after 11 a.m.

Honolulu police closed the street fronting the school as a bomb squad in full protective gear moved in to investigate two suitcases left near a bench on campus.

“I’m scared,” said Veronica Molera, a Highlands Intermediate parent. “I always tell my kids that whatever happens, just listen to your teachers and stuff.”

Students listened to their teachers and took shelter under their desks.

Hana Hanohano said that’s what his son was doing when he texted him.

“Initially, we got a text from my son,” Hanohano said. “He told us that something was wrong, and they were hiding underneath the desk, so we came to check it out. When we first came, only had little police by the office area, and so we called the police station and they told us there was some suspicious packages on campuses and so we left. After we left, then about 45 minutes later, we got the call from the school.”

Hanohano and his wife returned to the school to pick up their son, but had to wait in line to get him.

“My wife’s pissed right now,” Hanohano said. “She’s screaming. She wants to at least get our son out just in case anything.”

The lockdown was lifted at 2:05 p.m.

HPD said the suitcases were filled with clothing and stuffed animals, and no one has come forward to claim them yet.

Click here to view the letter sent home to parents.

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