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Seperate Juvenile With Gun Calls in Apple Valley Confirmed Unfounded

APPLE VALLEY-( On the morning of Friday, September 4th, two juveniles in two separate Apple Valley areas were reported to possibly have guns in their possession. The first incident was reported in the 11800 block of Morning Star Road in Apple Valley.

The reporting party said that there was a juvenile with a gun walking down the street. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Trish Hill said that deputies, after a search in the area, were unable to locate the juvenile or a gun.

The second call was initially relayed to deputies as reported as a “man with a gun” on the Desert Knolls Elementary School Campus, located at 18213 Symeron Rd. The school was placed on lockdown shortly after the 9:08 a.m. call.

Upon further contact with the reporting party it was determined that two students notified staff that a third student told them that he had a gun in his backpack. Deputies arrived on scene and were able to determine there was no gun inside the student’s backpack. Per scanner traffic, the student was transported to a juvenile detention center.

On a Friday morning statement, AVUSD Superintendent Tom Hoegerman said, “The school followed procedures, locked the school down and contacted law enforcement. Following established procedures the student and the backpack in question were placed in a controlled situation.“ He also stated that once deputies determined the campus to be safe, the school lockdown was lifted. “The Apple Valley Police handled the situation professionally and quickly, along with school staff and District Police. Safety is a top priority and the established procedures and training were followed,” he added.

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