Update: More information released regarding threat to school campuses
More information was released from the Paso Robles Police Department regarding a threat made to district school campuses Tuesday:
On March 20, 2018, at approximately 11:05 am, the Paso Robles Police Department responded to Paso Robles High School to investigate reports that a student had possibly hid guns in or around the campus. Law enforcement officers from (6) agencies helped search the PRHS campus and nearby parks to ensure student and community safety. Upon conclusion of the area searches, students were released from school and reunited with parents.
PRPD became aware of the report after meeting with a student who told investigators he received a Snapchat message from another PRHS student that depicted the student holding a handgun. Based upon the specific nature of the report, the Police Department recommended a shelter in place for PRHS, Lewis Middle School, and Independence/Liberty High Schools. The school district concurred and a shelter in place protocol was activated.
Subsequent to concurrent PRPD and school district investigations and searches, the PRPD determined any potential threats had been mitigated appropriately and the shelter in place was lifted. This is an ongoing investigation as investigators continue to interview students and examine evidence. More information regarding this investigation will be released when it becomes available.
PRJUSD and Paso Robles Police Department continue to work collaboratively to ensure student safety. PRPD and PRJUSD would like to thank students, parents, and our area public safety partners for their support during today’s events. Remember, if you see something, say something.
The shelter in place was lifted after 3 p.m., according to multiple sources.
original story posted March 20, 1:04 p.m.
Four Paso Robles schools placed on lockdown
–Paso Robles Police Department has asked Paso Robles High School, Lewis Middle School, Liberty High School, and Independence High School to shelter in place as a precautionary measure while police investigate a threat to the high school, according to Public Informations Officer Martha Clayton.
All students and staff are safe, and classroom instruction is continuing as usual, according to the school district. “We take these situations very seriously as the safety of our students is always our top priority. Because the campus is secured, no one will be allowed to enter or exit. We will notify parents as soon as the shelter in place has been lifted,” said Clayton.