Prank call locks down two schools

An anonymous caller reported that there was an emergency and Amargosa Middle School on Thursday prompting authorities to surround and lockdown the school. The report turned out to be false and now authorities are looking to prosecute the caller.

An anonymous caller reported that there was an emergency at Amargosa Middle School on Thursday prompting authorities to surround and lock down the school. No evidence of an emergency was found, and now authorities are looking to prosecute the caller.

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.

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  13 comments for “Prank call locks down two schools

  1. Stevie
    July 2, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I didn’t go to the school at the time but I had gone earlier in the year… My friend had texted me that the school was on code blue and she said there was something involved with a gin and I was very confused and scared for her… She later told me that some kid had just made a prank call. And I actually know that the kid who made the call was in 8th grade and I think his name was Brandon and he is in jail now probably

  2. Freddy Kawelo
    May 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

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  3. Brandon
    April 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

    The teachers did do a great job when it came to this incident. Everyone went to the nearest class available and was hidden from the window. Kids were helping other kids, teachers, even staff members.

  4. Sonia
    April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Wow, people have nothing better to do with their time than to cause disturbances such as these. They need to find them and punish them. Make an example of them so that it never happens again. On another note, it’s really sad to read these comments with such terrible spelling and grammar from high school and middle school students. No wonder Lancaster schools have a grade of 2 and 4 on great schools.org.. Teachers, please start doing a better job.

    • Teacher's kid
      April 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      I think it’s time to grow up and stop placing the blame solely on educators. Maybe it’s time to look into the god-awful parenting skills that people in this day and age are demonstrating. If the parent doesn’t reinforce what is taught in school, the child won’t always absorb it. Here’s a thought, read to your children. The educators at Amargosa Creek Middle school truly care about their students well-being and development. They spend hours of their own free time working together to implement new programs and methods to continuously challenge and expand their student’s minds. In essence, they are preparing other people’s children for college, while many of them can’t afford to send their own. I am extremely proud to be the child of two educators. I applaud the educators at Amargosa Creek for their dedication to their students, and for remaining calm and collected in what very well may have been a crisis. And Sonia, if you’re going to correct someone’s grammar, you might want to wait until you’ve either learned how to use a semi-colon, or write a complete sentence. Just a suggestion dear.

      • AnnieInLancaster
        April 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

        While I agree with you on some of this I have to disagree on the rest. You got lucky having 2 great parents that are educators, and my son went to Amargosa Creek for 8th grade and is currently a senior at Lancaster High. He did have good teachers that helped him reach his full potential, but unfortunately there are too many “other” teahcers that want to just sit there on their iPhone or iPad and not want to be bothered by these kids. I’m not saying what school this is happening at or has happened at, but it is happening. Teaching is not what it used to be. It is sad because for the parents that are doing what they are supposed to at home and trusting these strangers with their children at school it’s not always a good outcome.

  5. Barb too
    April 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    To the teachers at ACMS please teach your students the difference between our and are!!! such a simple thing. Thanks.

  6. Alina
    April 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I go to that school and we had the police come in the class rooms and made sure everything was ok and then I feel asleep as soon as the left because are class was clear and we could sit down in are sets but I just rather stay on the comfy floor

  7. AreJay
    April 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    My son text me at 1:31pm saying they (Lancaster High) were in lock down due to a “kid with a gun at Amargosa” (my son went to Amargosa from 6th-8th grade so I know that school well). I kept texting him back asking for updates, scared out of my mind. He text me about ?? minutes later saying everything was ok. Talk about a scared parent!!!

    • AreJay
      April 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Correction/Edit (to by comment below): I meant to type: He text me about 45 minutes later saying everything was ok (not: He text me about ?? minutes later saying everything was ok.).

  8. Amara
    April 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    When I was in class and they were finally going to let us out the teacher said it was a fake threat twords the school not a kid with a gun…

  9. veronica
    April 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I dont believe that there was a student with a gun on campus. I was outisde the school when this was going on and i didnt see police take anyone in a cop car.

  10. Brian Etzler
    April 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    According to a volunteer at a nearby elementary school (who wishes to remain anonymous) the release from the Sheriffs Department is less then complete. The Principal placed that school in lock down as well. It was reported to them, that a student at Amargosa had a gun on campus. According to the reports given to them, the Sheriffs department responded in force and eventually took a student into custody. According to staff members eye witness account, an emergency “command post” with multiple fire, medical, and law enforcement personnel had been set up at the Central Christian Church property on Avenue J. The school remained on lock down for approximately an hour until district personnel reported the all clear. At which time the students were allowed to depart the campus using a “modified release” system.

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