Gun threat puts 3 schools on lockdown in Yuma

Gun threat puts 3 schools on lockdown in Yuma

Credit: Rancho Viejo Elementary School Facebook page

Gun threat puts 3 schools on lockdown in Yuma

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 1:31 PM

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YUMA, Ariz. -- A report of a student who might have a gun prompted three Yuma schools to go on lockdown Tuesday.

Yuma police responded to Rancho Viejo Elementary School on Avenue C south of Eighth Street just before 10 a.m.

Buses were dispatched about two hours later to take Rancho Viejo students to H.L. Suverkrup School, which is less than a mile south of Rancho Viejo. Parents were being directed to HLS to pick up their kids.

The other two schools affected by the lockdown were Salida Del Sol Elementary School and WACOG Preschool, both of which are located on Avenue C in close proximity to Rancho Viejo.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Master Police Officer Cruz Vidal of the Yuma Police Department said the Salida Del Sol kids also would be transported to HLS.

In an email to media outlets, Vidal also said officers were anticipating a delay in the process, but did not elaborate.

During a lockdown, students are kept indoors until the threat has been assessed and the campus deemed safe. Schools throughout the country established emergency lockdown protocols after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo.

At this point, no details about the threat at Rancho Viejo have been released, but officers are still at the school. No injuries have been reported.

According to the Rancho Viejo website, more than 400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are enrolled at the school, which is part of Crane Elementary School District #13. Norine Bowers is the principal.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Yuma Police Department at 928-783-4421 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

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