AUSTIN (KXAN) — Cedar Park High School was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after reports surfaced that a student had a firearm on campus.
According to a letter school officials sent to parents, the report was false.
Police were called to the school shortly after 1 p.m. to investigate the report. Cedar Park police said that they had two students in custody, but had not located the weapon. The students were later released. Investigators say one 16-year-old student will face charges for filing a false police report, which is a Class B misdemeanor.
During the lockdown students described panic inside their classrooms. They said teachers locked doors and they were hiding in corners, “It was four boys… they stood at the door with scissors in hand just in case,” student Lashay Delee said.
Outside parents waited patiently for any texts and hints that their children were all right. Scott Stanfield was even working on an escape plan with his freshman. “He was able to send me his GPS location and I knew exactly where he was in the school,” said Standfield. “I said in the event you have to run out I can be where you’re at in like 15 seconds. So he told me exactly that he was at the door closest to the water tower so that I knew that if he had to come out where he would be.”
The lockdown was lifted just after 3 p.m. Leander ISD says their lockdown protocol requires exterior doors to be locked and students and teachers to remain in their classrooms until the all-clear is given. Once the threat is cleared, the campus can move to a secure building protocol, meaning staff and students may move around the building, but the campus continues to be monitored.
On Sept. 27, Georgetown High School was put on lockdown as police narrowed in on a suspect at an apartment complex near the school wanted in connection to two murders. Earlier in September, Manor Excel Academy and Manor Alternative Placement were put on lockdown after students assaulted the school principal. Six students were arrested in the incident.