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Big Day for Big Threats at SoCal Schools: Lockdowns and Evacuations on San Clemente, Koreatown Campuses

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Two events have kept local students out of classes on this hot, hot day while authorities investigate threats to their respective campuses. In both cases, all the children are safe.

In San Clemente, missing Camp Pendleton Navy corpsman Daniel Morgan allegedly left a notebook discovered by authorities about explosives being planted at San Clemente High School in Orange County. 22-year-old Morgan was last seen at the base Tuesday night, and is considered "absent without authorization," reports L.A. Now.

Students were removed from the classrooms but kept on campus while authorities made a thorough search of the school. Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says this investigation is intensified because Morgan is a member of the military, and "would have access to explosive devices."

At about 1 p.m., all 3,200 students were dismissed from the campus, many of them relieved to be out of the sun or the crowded campus gymnasium.

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Morgan turned himself in at a hospital on the base, and is in custody. "It was unclear if Morgan has any connection to San Clemente High School," adds KTLA.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles' Koreatown, a suspicious briefcase left outside a front office at Charles H. Kim Elementary school prompted a full evacuation, and the bomb squad was called out. So far no evidence of anything harmful has been uncovered.