2017-02-10 / Front Page

Schools on lockdown after report of armed female at high school

Students sheltered in place and safe, police say
Acorn staff report

STREET CLOSED—Royal Avenue between Crocker and Pride streets is closed off to traffic while police search for a possibly armed female on and around the Royal High School campus Feb. 15.  MICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersSTREET CLOSED—Royal Avenue between Crocker and Pride streets is closed off to traffic while police search for a possibly armed female on and around the Royal High School campus Feb. 15. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersUPDATE 12:18 p.m.: The lockdown has been lifted at Royal High School. No arrests have been made. Students have been released to lunch and will continue with the school day as normal. 

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Two local schools are on lockdown due to reports of an armed person in the area, police said.

Around 8:20 a.m., the Simi Valley Police Department received a report of a female with a rifle walking onto the Royal High School campus in the 1400 block of Royal Avenue, Simi Police Sgt. Craig Dungan said.

In response, SVPD placed the high school on lockdown. Students are currently sheltered in place and safe, the sergeant said.

“We have SWAT deployed to the campus and we’re currently searching the campus and the area. The Los Angeles Police Department is assisting us with an air unit for the search,” Dungan said. 

Nearby Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School also placed itself on a voluntary lockdown as a safety precaution.

All traffic on Royal Avenue is closed between Crocker and Pride streets.

The story will be updated as information becomes available.

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