Suspicious subject sparks lockdown at magnet school |

Suspicious subject sparks lockdown at magnet school

An alleged sighting of a man with a gun near the Lake Tahoe Environmental Magnet School on Tuesday prompted a lockdown of the school until authorities could determine there was no danger, officials said.

School staff contacted El Dorado County Sheriff’s office about 3:30 p.m. about a person in the parking lot with a weapon that was possibly a paint-ball gun, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Moke Auwae.

Auwae believed school staff heard about the man from someone such as a parent outside of the school.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school in Meyers but could not find the man. In addition, they didn’t have contact information for whoever spotted the suspicious person to get further details, Auwae said.

Students were released after it was determined there was no threat.

Superintendent James Tarwater mentioned the lockdown during a school board meeting Tuesday night as the lone item in his superintendent’s report.

A memo from school staff reassured parents that precautions were taken.

“Our staff has been trained for these emergencies and procedures were followed. At no time were any students in danger,” the memo said.

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