A reported shooting in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, prompted an hour-long lockdown at area schools, according to Honolulu Police. Law enforcement were searching for a suspect in the area.
The Hawaii Department of Education announced the lockdown was lifted at 2:45 p.m. and all students were safe. Honolulu Police said schools were on lockdown as they searched the area. The lockdown was lifted after a suspect was apprehended, according to Hawaii News Now.
“Ewa Beach Elementary and Pre-school, Lanakila Baptist are all on lockdown while police seaching for someone in the area,” Honolulu Police wrote on Twitter. There was no shooting at Ewa Beach Elementary school or at Ewa Elementary School, as some wrote on Twitter, according to police.
The lockdown ended at 2:45 p.m., and no students were hurt, according to the Hawaii Department of Education.
“UPDATE: Lockdown at Ewa Elementary School lifted as of 2:45 p.m. Campus went into lockdown around 1:50 p.m. due to police activity off campus. All students and staff are safe,” the Department of Education wrote on Twitter.
The state Department of Education further reported there was no police activity on any of the school’s campuses.
“PRAYERS FOR EWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS ON LOCK DOWN, police tactical unit searching for suspects in plantation home area Leli’a L Puni,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Some responded in panic on Twitter, saying a shooting occurred at Ewa Elementary School.
Reports of an active shooter at the school were inaccurate.
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School Lockdowns Prompted Fear & Rumors of an Active Shooter on Social Media
Ewa Elementary and Pre-School, as well as Lanakila Baptist, were put on lockdown as a precaution while Honolulu Police searched the area for a suspect. There was no criminal activity at any of the schools, and no police were actively searching at the schools. No students were hurt. However, rumors quickly spread on social media indicating there was a shooting at the school.
The schools were put on lockdown at 1:50 p.m., and the lockdown was lifted at 2:45, according to the Hawai’i Department of Education.
“UPDATE: Lockdown at Ewa Elementary School lifted as of 2:45 p.m. Campus went into lockdown around 1:50 p.m. due to police activity off campus. All students and staff are safe,” the state Department of Education wrote on Twitter.
The lockdown was lifted after police apprehended a suspect, according to Hawaii News Now. A large number of Specialized Service Division Police were searching for the suspect, which prompted the lockdown at area schools.
Some expressed fear over the lockdown, thinking there was a shooting at a school. One person said she saw a helicopter land near her house.
“Also scared me bc i live 2 min away AND my gf literally saw the helicopter land in the middle of mahiko park gtg” she wrote on Twitter.
Others said the frequency of lockdowns is concerning.
“What’s up Hawai’i?” one person wrote on Twitter. “Yesterday, Pearlridge Elementary was on lockdown due to an active shooter around the area, and now Waipahu HS is on lockdown for the same reason. Wtf is going on?? It hasn’t even been a week and just few minutes ago Ewa schools were the ones on lockdown due to police search for a suspect.”