Panic spread after Turlock High School went into lockdown in California, but there was no active shooter confirmed. Everyone is safe, the school district wrote on Twitter.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department “says there was a report about an active shooter, but that report may have been a prank,” CBS Sacramento reported.
“Turlock Unified School District is no longer on lockdown. All students and staff are safe. The lockdown was initiated to investigate a threat at one of our schools. No crime has been confirmed,” the school district wrote. “Students are encouraged to complete their school day. If you choose to pick up your student, please report to the attendance office to check them out. We would like to thank TPD for their swift response and support to protect the safety of our campuses.”
According to the Modesto Bee, authorities say there is not a confirmed shooting at Turlock High. Rather, the newspaper reported, someone “got onto a radio system used within the school and said something about shots being fired.” That led to the lockdown just in case.
The Turlock Police Department wrote on Twitter: “We do have a lockdown at THS. Reports of shots being fired nearby. We have been unable to confirm that. There are no known injuries and no evidence of shots being fired located. TPD are clearing the school to ensure safety of students and staff.”
Despite the quick update that there doesn’t appear to be an actual active shooter at Turlock High, people were terrified for obvious reasons. “Is there really a school shooter right now at Turlock high …. or was it a nasty joke ? ? ?,” wrote one woman on Twitter. Another wrote: “It’s our new instructors first day here & were on lunch and she comes up to us saying that her son who goes to Turlock high said there’s a shooter and they’re on lockdown. Omg I just want to hug her so bad.”
Here’s what you need to know:
The School District Says That ‘Everyone Is Safe’
Turlock USD wrote on Twitter on September 10, 2019, “Turlock Police Department is currently at Turlock High School assisting the administration to ensure campus safety. Everyone is safe and more information to follow.” The district also listed the following sites on lockdown:
Dutcher Middle School
Julien Elementary School
Turlock High School.
“Everyone is safe and more information to follow,” the district wrote. The school district explains that Turlock Unified School District is “located in the heart of the Central Valley in Turlock, CA and serving 14,000+ students and their families.”
The school district later posted this update: “The following message was sent home via Blackboard Communications: The following school sites are currently on lockdown—Dutcher Middle School, eCademy Charter at Crane School, Julien Elementary School, On Track, and Turlock High School.”
People remained afraid and confused. They took to Twitter to get answers. “Active shooter at Turlock high?” wrote one man.
Luckily, it appears the answer to that question is “no.”
This post is being updated as more information is learned about the reports.