- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A San Fernando Valley prep school was placed on lockdown Tuesday after a person reported seeing a student with a gun, which turned out to be a tripod.

The mother of a student made the call, saying she saw a suspicious person near Chaminade College Preparatory High School, CBS Los Angeles reports.

“There was a report that a male, white, about 18 years old, was seen approaching the school in the parking lot area with some type of object in his hand, possibly a rifle or shotgun. He was dressed in black pants, black top,” LAPD Capt. Hearn said.

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The school was on lockdown for almost three hours while more than 50 officers conducted a room-to-room search, CBS Los Angeles reports. No suspect and no gun were found.

After the lockdown was lifted, LAPD Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas tweeted: “Turns out report of possible man with gun was probably student with a tripod,” Los Angeles Daily News reports.