LIST: K-12 lockdowns across So. AZ for 2013 - Tucson News Now

LIST: K-12 lockdowns across So. AZ for 2013

11/8: Police cleared the Amphitheater Middle School gym before moving students there so that a sweep of the school could be performed. 11/8: Police cleared the Amphitheater Middle School gym before moving students there so that a sweep of the school could be performed.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two midtown school lockdowns have been lifted as of 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to police. Today's lockdowns follow seven others that occurred just this fall school year.

The following is a history of K-12 campus lockdowns across Southern Arizona for 2013:

Nov. 8, 2013: Amphitheater Middle School and Prince Elementary – Reported bomb threat

Two schools in the Amphitheater School District were put on lockdown orders this morning after a bomb threat was found in a bathroom.

According to Tucson Police, a teacher discovered the threat in a student bathroom at Amphitheater Middle School, 315 E. Prince Road, and police were notified. A message was found on the wall of a stall that a bomb on campus will go off at a certain time today.

Amphi Middle School and Prince Elementary are no longer locked down as of 1:30 p.m., according to the district.

Oct. 23, 2013: Santa Rita High School – Report of possible weapon

The all-day lockdown happened after someone thought they saw a person removing a possible weapon from a backpack.

Tucson Police officers and K-9 units searched the entire school for about five hours, but didn't find any weapons.

Parents expressed their frustration with TUSD about the lack of information during the lockdown.

Oct. 4, 2013: Sunnyside High School – Report of student with a gun

According to Mary Veres, the public information officer for the Sunnyside Unified School District, police found the student who two girls thought had a gun. The student did not have a gun, Veres said.

Veres said the two girls called 911 and told school personnel.

Tucson Police searched the campus at 1725 E. Bilby Road for the student identified by the girls, then listed the lockdown.

Oct. 1, 2013: Catalina High School – Gun recovered, 3 in custody

Police have recovered a gun, Tucson Police Department Sgt. Chris Widmer said.

Police were called to the area near the school for a report of a young man with a gun. The man's age was not reported.

According to police, the man allegedly showed the gun to a student and police later recovered the weapon. 

Widmer said it is not clear if the men are students.

Sept. 12, 2013: Amphitheater High School – Lockdown for nearby suspect search

Dozens of police vehicles responded to search for man accused of beating his girlfriend, causing a lockdown at Amphitheater High School.

The lockdown was lifted around 3 p.m. after police used a K-9 unit to find the male suspect in a nearby shed. He was taken into custody.

Sept. 5, 2013: San Cayetano Elementary, Mountain View School and Rio Rico High School - Police search for suspicious man

Three Rio Rico schools were briefly locked down this morning.

According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, the lockdown was lifted at three Rio Rico schools after security checks were completed at the schools and surrounding areas.

A tweet from the Nogales International newspaper said San Cayetano Elementary, Mountain View School and Rio Rico High School were affected by the lockdown, which was prompted by a report of a suspicious man.

The Sheriff's Office said no one was found.

Jan. 30, 2013: - Thornydale Elementary School - Campus intruder

In a letter to parents, Thornydale Elementary School principal Sarah Clem said an administrator saw a man climb over a fence on the north side of the campus.

The school immediately implemented its "Shelter In Place" procedures and called the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The man was seen leaving the campus at 7651 N. Oldfather and going through Denny Dunn Park into a desert area. He was never found.

Jan. 25, 2013 – Carson Middle School – Pellet gun recovered

Police were called when a motorist reported seeing a child with a possible handgun in the neighborhood near the school at 7777 E. Stella Road.

Carson Middle School was locked down for about two hours while police searched for a gun on the campus.

According to Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman Cara Rene, police found a pellet gun in a student's backpack. Tucson Police said a student had the Airsoft gun off campus before school.

Police said there was no indication of any criminal or malicious intent on the part of the student.

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