LANCASTER – An apparent prank call led to the lock down of a junior high school and a high school in Lancaster on Thursday, authorities said. Deputies are now investigating the false emergency report as a crime, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel T. Ruiz.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station:
At 1:12 p.m. Thursday, the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station received an anonymous call stating that an emergency had occurred on the campus of Amargosa Creek Middle School [located at 44333 27th Street West in Lancaster].
Nearby Lancaster High School [located at 44701 32nd Street West] conducted a self-initiated school lock-down only as a precaution.
Numerous deputies responded to the middle school, and a campus-wide school lock-down was initiated. After a lengthy and systematic search of the campus, no evidence of the reported emergency was found.
The school was taken off lock-down status and no students or school staff were in any danger.
Deputies are investigating this false report of an emergency as a crime.
These types of incidents are investigated thoroughly and treated as very seriously.
In light of recent national events of bombings and school shootings, we ask for the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity which may threaten the public safety.