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Santa Rita H.S. lockdown ends without incident

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Santa Rita High School will have counselors available for students who need them after Wednesday's all-day lockdown.

As a precaution, Tucson Police officers and K-9 units searched the entire school after a neighbor reported seeing someone who might have a revolver and a knife heading toward the campus.

The search of the school turned up nothing.

However, parents who gathered at the school, and waited all day for their children, said the district did not notify them about what was happening.

They said they found out from their children's texts or on the news that there was a lockdown.

They also complained that, since the lockdown happened early, some students were locked out of school with no ride home and nowhere to go.

While the students were on lockdown they were given snacks and lunch.

Some said they watched movies.  

It was frustration mixed with relief as the lockdown ended and parents finally got their children.

Many parents expressed their disappointment, in some cases anger, that the district was not sending out information.

A TUSD spokesperson arrived at Santa Rita in the afternoon and gave parents gathered there information and answered questions.

"Unfortunately, TUSD does not have a text messaging system. We need one. There's no doubt about it. We've been having conversations. We actually had a meeting about this yesterday, and the district will be implementing one," said TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene.

Rene said the goal is to have a text messaging system in place for next fall.

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Here is what a TUSD news release says about making up the tests.

"AIMS testing scheduled for today was disrupted due to the lockdown while Tucson Police had control of the campus during the investigation. School leadership contacted the Arizona Department of Education to seek approval to reschedule the testing. The testing has been rescheduled for this Friday at 9 a.m."

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