Students Evacuate Alameda High After Gun Report

Lakewood Police Haven't Confirmed Gun Exists

About 800 students were sent home from Alameda High School Tuesday afternoon to allow police to thoroughly search the building after a student reported a male with a gun outside school, officials said.

Parents, who have been updated on the gun report via automated text, e-mail and phone messages, were told to pick up their children at Link Recreation Center at 1295 South Reed Street, Melissa Reeves, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools, said about 12:45 p.m.

Students who have cars were allowed to drive home.

Police spokesman Steve Davis said the school evacuation was done with an excess of caution after officers did not find the gunman or a weapon on grounds around the school at 1255 S. Wadsworth Blvd. This will allow police to search every corner of the school without disrupting students or classes.

Davis described the search as "a long day of being cautious and checking out every single nook and cranny."

The high school was placed in lockdown -- barring anyone from entering or leaving -- after the student reported seeing an unidentified male with a gun outside the school about 9 a.m., Davis said.

Nearby O'Connell Middle School was also placed in a "lock out," which prevents people from entering the school, but allows students and staff to exit it, Reeves said.

Both Alameda High and neighboring O'Connell Middle School were locked down Monday when a student reported seeing someone with a gun and hearing gunfire, Davis said. But when investigating officers found evidence that someone had been lighting firecrackers, the reporting student acknowledged he hadn't actually seen a gun.