FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A phone call that appeared to threaten a shooting on the campus of Clovis West High School on Friday prompted the site to be cordoned off while police officers ensured the area was safe, according to officials.
The lockdown put in place has since been lifted.
Clovis Unified staff say the lockdown was at the direction of the Fresno Police Department after a phone call received by one of their substations that appeared to threaten campus safety.
According to the school district, safety protocols were followed and students remained indoors to ensure their safety until the investigation was over. Nearby Fort Washington Elementary was also placed on lockdown.
According to the Fresno Police Department, officers received a 911 call from a male subject who stated he was heading to the school to commit a shooting. An investigation into the caller is underway.
In a statement, Clovis Unified Superintendent Eimear O’Brien denounced the person behind the call.
“The individual, wherever they are, who intentionally set into motion this spoofing incident deserves our anger and disgust,” wrote Superintendent O’Brien. “We cannot tolerate such behavior, and I know that our resources, and those of law enforcement, will be devoted to, if at all possible, identifying the individual and holding that person accountable.”
Officers confirmed that it does not appear that a shooting took place – and no injuries were reported. It was later established that the incident was a result of “non-credible spoofing”, according to officials.