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