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Gunman Next Door Puts Miramonte High School on Lockdown

By Lauren Kim and Danny Ennis, Online Editor in Chief, Opinion Editor

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Photo of Miramonte’s campus courtesy of Miramonte High School.

Miramonte High School entered into lockdown mode on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 after nearby Del Rey Elementary School reported a man armed with a gun on its campus.

Del Rey is less than a mile away from Miramonte – a 2 minute drive according to Google Maps. The close proximity between the two campuses is reason enough to assume that students at both schools were endangered.

The call to police came after a first grade student at Del Rey reported that a man with blue and orange hair was carrying a gun on the outskirts of the school. Upon the officers’ arrival the school was already locked down, as teachers and administrators took extreme caution towards the alleged threat.

The lockdown commenced around 12:30 PM,  minutes before the morning kindergarten class was dismissed. With cars pilling up in the turnaround and confusion about, Officer Mark Nagel attempted to minimize community concern by broadcasting NIXLE alerts, a free amber alert type of service that allows members of the community to receive information via text message from the Police when emergencies occur.

Officers swept the creek beds between Del Rey and Miramonte with a Helicopter hovering overhead. After a search of the creek and school grounds found no person or other evidence of a threat, officers from Orinda, Lafayette, and Moraga preformed a room-to-room search of Del Rey school.

Following the perimeter and room sweeps the officers combed the nearby neighborhoods alerting residents about the commotion and attempting to flush out the alleged perp, but to no avail.  With the an inconclusive search and not subdued subject, the lockdown was lifted a little after 1:00 PM.

“The students and staff did a fantastic job of securing the classrooms, being quiet and staying low, keeping to the the corners of the room and really everything they’re supposed to do.” said Officer Nagel “They really did a great job.”

Correction: The original story mistakenly stated that the gunman was at Glorietta Elementary School, another elementary school in Orinda. The gunman was actually at Del Rey Elementary.

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  1. I was surprised how fast you reported this situation earlier this afternoon; it was the only report on the net at the time and appeared shortly after Miramonte parents were informed of the lock-down and even they were not informed as to the cause of the lock-down. Is this possibly a case of not verifying facts before publishing? Furthermore, you have now posted the wrong picture, what you are showing is Mira Monte High School in Bakersfield, not Miramonte High School in Orinda.

    You can verify this with a quick check on Google Maps.

    For Mira Monte High:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mira+Monte+High+School/@35.3381404,-118.9343406,324m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x80ea6c943bca8a63:0xedb006848a26f1e3!2sMira+Monte+High+School!3b1!3m1!1s0x80ea6c943bca8a63:0xedb006848a26f1e3

    For Miramonte High:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Miramonte+High+School/@37.840997,-122.145541,305m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x96cfbadbb0edb882?hl=en

    Other than that, keep up the good work!

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  2. Dear Readers,

    Thank you for the corrections. We editors at Blueprint generally enforce a stringent policy of accuracy in reporting. However, in this highly time-sensitive situation, we thought it best to prioritize expedition over anything else. We decided to publish the story without a comprehensive fact check because we believed it was more important to provide our readership, many of whom are concerned relatives of Miramonte students, with the most pertinent information as soon as possible. We tried to verify the facts as best as possible in the short time frame we allowed ourselves before publishing this story and unfortunately some mistakes fell through the cracks.

    Best regards,
    The Editors

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