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Active shooter scare at Granite Hills in Apple Valley was false alarm

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — An active shooter alarm on the Granite Hills campus caused fears and anxiety for both parents and students here Tuesday.

At about 2:00 pm, on December 3rd an alarm blared from speakers across the campus located 22900 Esaws Avenue in Apple Valley.

Students and faculty immediately sheltered in place as they waited for instructions. The scare was later determined to be a false alarm.

The Apple Valley School District issued the following statement:

“At school release today, there was an accidental activation of our emergency alert system by a staff member. There was no danger of any kind. It was inadvertent. By design, all staff have the ability to activate this alert. Our system immediately provides the location to the school police, Sheriff’s Office, and staff. Also, there is an automatic broadcast active shooter message. By the time we knew this was initiated in error, emergency personnel were already en route. Even a false alarm can be a cause for an emotional response. AVUSD will have counselors available at the school site.”

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