A report of possible gunshots prompted a brief lockdown at a Thermal elementary school Thursday, but sheriff’s deputies searching the area were unable to locate a shooter or any signs that shots had actually been fired.
Staff members at Westside Elementary School in the 82200 block of Airport Boulevard reported hearing possible gunshots near the campus around noon, sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said. Deputies responded but were unable to confirm that any shooting took place.
The lockdown was lifted in about an hour.
“We are safe and today’s incident was not on campus,” according to a message posted on the school’s Facebook page. “We had some diligent staff members that heard gunshots coming from behind the school. In order to take all precautions we called a lockdown and followed all procedures in our school safety plan. All students were moved to a safe and secure area and accounted for.
“The sheriff’s department and district patrol responded quickly and found no danger around the campus and lifted the lockdown.”