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lockdown at Silverado High School caused by “Prank”

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department surrounded Silver High School following reports of a man on campus with a gun, but later learned it was a “prank” call.

Officials responded just after 12:30 p.m. to the High School located on the 14000 block of Cobalt Road and Palmdale Road with guns drawn.

According to witnesses on scene, the school made announcements for the students to lockdown and remain in their classrooms.

The Victor Valley Union High School District later tweeted, ” A prank call to 911 led to a large law enforcement response at @Silverado and nearby @CIMS (Cobalt Institute of Math and Science)… The students responsible for the prank are being questioned by authorities at this time. The campuses are secure.”

Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said, “The cell phone used to make the initial report was located and determined to belong to a student. It appears the report was made as a prank and another student may have been involved. ”

The lockdown at both schools was lifted and classes resumed as normal. A thorough investigation is being conducted.

Public Engagement Information Manager for the school district, Kris Reilly, issued a statement that read in part, “The students are facing prosecution and/or school discipline for their actions. Pranks of this nature have very serious consequences for students, staff, law enforcement and the community. We ask our school community to please help us keep our campuses safe by discouraging this behavior.”

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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