DESERT HOT SPRINGS - Cabot Yerxa Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs was on lockdown for approximately an hour and a half today, but the protocol has since been lifted, according to Joan Boiko, spokesperson for Palm Springs Unified School District.
Police originally responded to the scene because of a report of a man with a gun in the area. Police were unable to locate the man and are no longer in the area.
The district released the following statement on the lockdown:
Shortly after 1 p.m. today, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department placed Cabot Yerxa Elementary School on lock down following a report they received that someone with a firearm might have jumped a school fence. The lock down was directed at dismissal time, so students still on campus were placed back in the multipurpose room while law enforcement officials conducted a complete sweep of the campus. Parents received an Auto Dialer call from the school informing them that the school was on lock down.
Sheriff's Department officials cleared the campus after about an hour, and parents were informed again via Auto Dialer that it was safe for them to pick up their children at the school.
"We have been practicing emergency situation lock down drills at our sites, and I could not be more proud at the response of our staff members, students and law enforcement officers during this incident," said Supt. of Schools Dr. Sandra Lyon. "We are relieved that the campus was cleared and that all of our students and staff are safe. We also appreciate our families' patience and understanding during this scary and stressful time.
Students were scheduled to be dismissed for the day at 1:05 p.m.
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