York County law enforcement officers responded to York Intermediate School Thursday afternoon after a false report of a weapon on campus, York school district and law enforcement officials said.
York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said York police and the sheriff’s office responded to a report of a possible man with a gun at 2:42 p.m.
York police and York County deputies were on the scene within five minutes, and York Intermediate School was placed on lock down, Faris said.
The intermediate school, as well as two nearby schools, York Middle and Jefferson Elementary, were on lockdown for about 40 minutes, said York schools Superintendent Vernon Prosser.
School had already been dismissed, Prosser said. But 119 students and staff were inside the school at the time, Faris said.
York County deputies and York police officers checked the building, and escorted staff and students to York Middle School next door, Faris said.
No weapons were found in the school search, said York Police Chief Andy Robinson.
Robinson said the 911 call that reported the possible gun came from a cell phone. Police are still working to determine who made the call, he said.
York school district spokesman Tim Cooper said the district reached out to parents through social media and phone calls.
Robinson said he was happy with the response from police and the sheriff’s office. Between 20 to 30 police cars remained at the school late Thursday afternoon.
“Anytime we get a call like this, we don’t know if it’s an actual call or a prank call,” Robinson said.
“We’re going to treat it as a real call, because as you’ve seen across the country, you can’t take things for granted,” Robinson said.
“We have to be there and make sure the kids and the staff of the school are safe,” he said. “That’s our priority and we’re going to make sure we get here as quickly as we can to make sure that happens.”
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