No incidents of violence after alleged active shooter tip at Santa Cruz High, students headed home

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Police: No evidence of active shooter at Santa Cruz High after report
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Police and school officials provide an update on the active shooter report at Santa Cruz High. No evidence of a threat was found.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Police have found no evidence of a threat after an anonymous tip of a shooter on the Santa Cruz High campus was made Thursday morning.

The school initially went on lockdown out of an abundance of caution and then students were sheltering in place as law enforcement searched the school and investigated. A plan is now in place for them to be sent home with their parents.

In a statement posted on the school's website, they say that police asked them to go on lockdown after the tip was made. However, SCHS says the tip mentioned a classroom that doesn't exist and there's been no sign of violence.

The original report included multiple victims but police say there's no evidence there was an active shooter, and there are no injuries.

Police say SCHS will be cleared and students can meet their parents at Depot Park. Busses will take students to the park where law enforcement, school staff, and counselors will be on hand.

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Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Kris Munro said that they are very lucky students are safe and thanked law enforcement for their response.

"We're grateful that this was a practice day, and that there is no one hurt. There are no injuries, again, and the protocols that we have in place worked," Superintendent Munro said.

There have been several instances in the Bay Area in the last month of fake calls to police regarding active shooters at school campuses. Fake calls to elicit panic and police response is a tactic known as swatting.

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