GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities determined the 911 call, which placed Sam Barlow High School on lockdown, was a hoax.
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the school just before 11 a.m. after receiving a report that a student had seen another student with a gun inside the school.
Deputies were able to quickly identify the person of interest and interviewed them. However, following the interview, they determined the 911 call was a hoax.
Authorities don’t know who made the call or where it came from as it came from an unidentifiable number, but they’re working to figure it out.
Initially, the Gresham-Barlow School District announced the high school was placed on lockdown Thursday morning saying police were investigating a report of a weapon on or near the campus.
Sgt. Chad Gaidos said no shots were fired during the incident.
A student told KOIN 6 News the doors were locked, the lights were turned off and students in his classroom hunkered down in a corner.
After the lockdown was lifted, the school district posted to its Facebook page, which was also emailed to SBHS parents, to let the public know students and staff are safe and school will resume.
They also said that if parents want to check on their students, they should go to the school office in person.
While parents are relieved the incident is over, they’re also angry. Some even said they want to see whoever made the call prosecuted.
Tish Horne said her kids shouldn’t have had to deal with the lockdown.
“No, they’re not equipped to deal with that danger feeling,” Horne said. “They’re all probably sitting there on Facebook going ‘What do you think, Bob? Think this is real?’…We’re out here going it absolutely could be real, could be my kid in the cafeteria.”
If you have information regarding this incident, you’re asked to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.