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Needles school briefly locked down amid report of weapon

November 19, 2017 GMT

NEEDLES — Vista Colorado Elementary School in Needles went on lockdown around 9:53 a.m. until around 10:07 a.m. Friday because of a report that a person carrying a weapon was walking toward the school.

Marie Armijo, Vista Colorado Elementary School principal, in a memo to the school community stated, “Earlier (Friday) Vista Colorado worked in conjunction with Needles San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies who responded to a report that a person was possibly carrying a weapon and walking toward Vista Colorado Elementary School.

“Vista was placed on lockdown until the deputies had determined that there was no threat and at no time was there any threat to students or staff. The Needles Unified School District will continue to evaluate our procedures and train staff to ensure the safety of our students at all times.”

Debra Downey, NUSD chief business officer, added, “The students were on recess and when the Sheriff’s department contacted the school the teachers immediately took them inside to begin the lockdown. There were rumors going around that there was a gunman on campus but that wasn’t true.”