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UPDATE: Knife found on student during lockdown at Santa Maria High, police say

Police responded to reports of a student with a gun
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Posted at 11:44 AM, May 09, 2022

UPDATE (1:42 p.m.) - Santa Maria police say a student was cited after being found with a knife, not a gun, at Santa Maria High Monday morning. The student was cited and sent home, police said. The district was not commenting further on the incident.
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UPDATE (12 p.m.) - Santa Maria police say one student was taken into custody and the lockdown has been lifted. Police did not elaborate on why the student was taken into custody or whether any weapon was found.

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District issued the following statement:

The Santa Maria High School Administration issued a lockdown today (Monday) at approximately 10:55a.m. as a precautionary measure after receiving a tip that there may be a weapon on campus. SMPD and school staff conducted a search with the individuals in question and determined the threat unfounded. The lockdown was lifted at approximately 11:50 a.m. All students and staff are safe and sound. Normal school activities have resumed.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Santa Maria High was placed on lockdown Monday morning following reports of a student with a gun, according to Santa Maria police.

Police say the call came in around 10:55 a.m.

As of 11:40 a.m., police said they had the suspected student detained and were expecting to lift the lockdown shortly.

They’d also requested assistance from a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office K9.

There have been no reports of a shooting.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has not yet commented on the incident.