Campus gun report apparently false alarm
Authorities locked down and searched a North County middle school today in response to what proved to be an unfounded report that a female student might be carrying a pistol at the campus.
An administrator at Jefferson Middle School called the Oceanside Police Department shortly before 11 a.m. to report that a student had approached a staff member and related comments about a gun she’d overheard in a restroom during a break between classes, OPD spokesman Kelan Poorman said.
Administrators at the Acacia Avenue school directed teachers to keep all students secured in their classrooms while officers questioned the student who made the report.
She told them she had heard two girls talking about a handgun that one of them supposedly had in her backpack, Poorman said.
The conversation did not include any threatening statements, according to the student who came forward with the report.
“It was determined that the safest course of action to take was to search all classrooms and students for the safety of all children and staff on the campus,” Poorman said.
Officers went through each building and all student backpacks, clearing groups of children to leave the school grounds after they and their classrooms had been checked.
Police completed the search about 3:15 p.m., the spokesman said. No gun was found.
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