Gun reports spark lockdown at Centennial High; no weapon found

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PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Centennial High School was on lockdown Friday after officials received reports of a student with a gun on campus.

A concerned student who reported seeing the weapon alerted administrators. The school notified the Peoria Police Department and the school was placed on lockdown at around 10 a.m.

Danielle Airey with the Peoria Unified School District said approximately 2,200 students were on campus at the time. During the lockdown, no one was allowed to come onto or leave the campus.

Airey said it was not an active shooter situation.

Officers detained the accused student without incident. Peoria police spokeswoman Officer Amanda Gaines said the student denied ever having a weapon with him.

Gaines said officers searched the school, as well as the accused student's locker and backpack, but did not find a weapon.

The student was released to his guardian.

The lockdown was only for precautionary measures and was lifted shortly before 2 p.m.

"There was no threat to the students, no threat to the school made," Gaines said. "We just wanted to make sure that all the students were safe."

Police and administrators said the students did what they have been told to do in situations like this.

"These students did the right thing," Gaines said. "When they see something that presents a danger to themselves or others, they are advised to tell faculty or staff and that's exactly what they did."

[Raw video: Official briefing on school lockdown]

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