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Airgun report prompts lockdown

Parents saw men with apparent gun and notified school officials

Posted: April 22, 2009 10:13 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2009 4:30 a.m.

What appeared to be three young men drinking and firing an air gun in the hills overlooking Leona Cox Community School prompted a school lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

Parents lined up to pick up their kids at school dismissal reported the two men camped out on the hillside drinking and shooting off an air gun near the Canyon Country elementary school, said Sandra Smith, principal at Leona Cox Elementary School.

The behavior of the men prompted Leona Cox school officials to contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and call for a school lockdown, but not before one of the three men came down the hill and retrieved two children during dismissal. The man is believed to be approved to pick up both students, Smith said.

She declined to detail the relationship between the man retrieving the students and the students themselves, or the between the first man and two other men connected to the incident. All three men and the two students walked back up the hill along a fire road, she said.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies contacted one of the suspects, who admitted to firing the air rifle near the school, Lt. Tom Bryski said. The suspect, described as a teenager, was not arrested, he said. “He was warned and his parents were told,” Bryski said.

It is unclear whether the suspect contacted by sheriff’s deputies was the same person who left the school with the students, Bryski said.

The whereabouts of the students also is unclear, he said.   



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