Lodi High School in New Jersey went into lockdown after police received a tip Tuesday morning that there was a student in the building with a gun. Police said searches turned up no threat and the lockdown was lifted after about an hour.
The Lodi police department reported on its Facebook page
that the anonymous tip came at about 9 a.m., and the school was immediately locked down while being cleared by police officers. Police Chief Vincent Caruso said online that all students were released after systematic searches by police and K-9 units.
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News of the lockdown and possible weapons threat flooded social media.
Online, Caruso asked that restraint be used in speculating should such events occur in the future.
“Please, in the unlikely event of future occurrences do not broadcast unconfirmed or speculated information across various social media sites as this only contributes to unnecessary panic and safety concerns,” Caruso wrote on Facebook.
Lodi’s WABC 7 reported that people gathered in front of the high school
as news leaked out about the lockdown. As students came out, they told WABC that they blocked classroom doors and “huddled” in corners.
“We were in gym class, and on the loudspeaker, all you hear is lockdown, lockdown," one student told WABC. "So we just got into lockdown mode. We would hide inside the showers and lockdown all the buildings, and we were just sitting there. And then the cops came to the door and said, 'We're the police. Are you guys safe?' ... They called lockdown off after they cleared the building. They just wanted to make sure everything was safe. We got patted down by police and got released one by one."
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