Officials investigating juvenile in gunman hoax

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SUNNYVALE (BCN)

Lockdowns of three schools ended today after a morning emergency call from a student about a gunman in the area was determined to be fabricated following a police search.

“It was a false report,” Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety spokesman Capt. Dave Verbrugge said.

The investigation into the apparent hoax includes the student, who is a juvenile and was not being identified, Verbrugge said.

Of the three schools locked down, Cupertino Middle School in Sunnyvale let out students early while West Valley Elementary School in Sunnyvale and Homestead High School in Cupertino dismissed kids at regular mid-afternoon ending times, officials said.     Sunnyvale’s city website announced that parents of students at Cupertino Middle School could pick up their kids at 1:15 p.m., when the usual dismissal time is 2:50 p.m.

West Valley Elementary let students out at the normal times of 2:05 p.m. for grades K to 3 and 2:35 p.m. for grades 4 and 5, a school clerk said.

Homestead High permitted concerned parents the option of taking their kids home early but kept the school open until regular 3:10 p.m. dismissal for its grades 9 to 12, according to a school clerk.

The report of a gunman from a 911 call in the morning prompted authorities to request lockdowns at the schools.     The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and public safety officials searched the area between Homestead Road, South Bernardo Avenue, Helena Drive and Wright Avenue for an armed suspect.

Sunnyvale posted a statement on its website this morning that Cupertino Middle School was in “code red” mode while the other two schools were “code blue” and only locked down as a precaution.

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