FALLBROOK, Calif.. – Authorities lifted a lockdown at Fallbrook High School Friday about 3½ hours after a picture surfaced of a student holding a loaded gun in a campus bathroom.
Two 15-year-old and one 14-year male students were taken into custody, according to Sheriff's investigators.
Students were allowed to leave their classrooms and go home at about 1:30 p.m.
The gun scare began at around 10 a.m. when a student at the school alerted school officials that a photo showing a student with a gun in a campus bathroom had been posted to a social media site. School administrators told teachers to secure students in classrooms while sheriff's deputies investigated. They posted the following message on the school website:
"A few minutes ago Fallbrook High School implemented a lock down protection protocol based on a picture of a firearm posted on social media. Although not clear, it appeared the picture was taken on the Fallbrook High School campus. We immediately informed law enforcement who are currently on site conducting an investigation. All students/staff are safe. We will provide an update upon conclusion of this investigation and removal of lockdown."
A video clip shot from inside a classroom on the campus and posted on Instagram showed police leading two teenage boys through the schoolyard with their hands restrained behind their backs.
Deputies searched for the weapon with service dogs trained in firearms detection, according to sheriff's officials. They found a handgun some time in the afternoon, according to school officials. They posted the following message to Facebook and the campus website:
"The school is safe. A handgun was found on campus. All school and all personnel on the campus are safe. The sheriff's department and Fallbrook High School worked together to safely resolve the situation. The lockdown has been lifted. School is dismissed for the day. Buses are here now. School will resume on Monday. Counselors and support staff will be available for students who may need them. We thank parents and the community for their patience as we dealt with this delicate situation."