Police clarify what set off lockdowns at 2 north Scottsdale schools

Students evacuate after police say an armed subject was reported at Cactus Shadows High School...
Students evacuate after police say an armed subject was reported at Cactus Shadows High School on Dec. 2(Arizona's Family)
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 4:56 PM MST
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Officials confirmed what led to lockdowns at two north Scottsdale schools after reports of an armed person last week. Police say a student was instead carrying computer equipment, not a gun.

Investigators say a Cactus Shadows High School student thought another student had a gun and reported it to a school resource officer on Friday, prompting a lockdown at the high school and nearby Black Mountain Elementary School. Scottsdale police interviewed students and watched surveillance video and found out a student checked out a computer and power brick with a cord from the school’s tech room. As the student was carrying the tech gear, a portion of the power brick was hanging down and “resembled the barrel of a pistol,” investigators said.

No students are facing school discipline or criminal charges.