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Virginia Peterson school locked down 

Virginia Peterson Elementary School

Virginia Peterson Elementary School

Reported assault was unsubstantiated

Virginia Peterson Elementary School was placed on lock down today at 1:40 p.m., nearly three hours after Pat Butler Elementary was locked down. The lock down followed a report from a female student that she had assaulted by an adult male with a knife in the school restroom.

“We interviewed her, went to the restroom and determined … that there wasn’t truth [to the report],” Paso Robles Police Chief Robert Burton said.

Burton said that the police department got the call when the search at Pat Butler was wrapping up. Virginia Peterson school was locked down, he said, for approximately 30 minutes.

While the school was locked down and the students sheltered, law enforcement personnel investigated and determined that the reported assault was unsubstantiated. According to a press release issued by Burton, the California Highway Patrol airplane and helicopter, Paso Robles and Atascadero police departments’ K-9 units, San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department and SLO County Probation Department assisted with the search. The agencies were already dispatched to Paso Robles to search for the suspect who allegedly threatened two students at Pat Butler Elementary School.

Burton said that he does not believe that the incidents at Virginia Peterson and Pat Butler schools were related.

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