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2/5/2013 12:01:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Police put 3 Yuma schools on lockdown, evacuate one; student may have gun
The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry/The Associated Press
Students from Salida Del Sol Elementary School are evacuated to the school's cafeteria by armed police officers after three schools went into lockdown on Tuesday.
The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry/The Associated Press
Students from Salida Del Sol Elementary School are evacuated to the school's cafeteria by armed police officers after three schools went into lockdown on Tuesday.
The Associated Press

UPDATE (3 p.m.):

YUMA, Ariz. - A school in Yuma in western Arizona has been evacuated as police search it in response to an unconfirmed report of a person possibly having a gun.

There's no report of any shots being fired at or near Rancho Viejo Elementary School or of anybody being taken into custody.

City spokeswoman Martha Guzman says school buses are taking Rancho Viejo's students to another school several miles away where their parents can pick them up.

The unconfirmed report of a person with a gun initially prompted lockdowns of Rancho Viejo and two other nearby schools.

Guzman says she doesn't know the status of the search, but she says there's no word of any gun being found.


Yuma police report that three schools are on lockdown after learning a student may have a gun.

Students at Rancho Viejo Elementary School, Salida Del Sol Elementary School and WACOG Preschool are being held in their classrooms while authorities investigate, according to the Associated Press.

Yuma police say that just before 10 a.m. officers responded to Rancho Viejo Elementary School about a student possibly with a gun.

Police are searching the area and schools.

Watch for details as they become available.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2013
Article comment by: what you

are seeing Unbelievable ! is the forming of a Police State. Soon something major will happen in the country. That will give the Marxist in the WH something to use to declare martial law. That is why such a show of force that is why the big push to destroy the 2nd amendment

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: Unbelievable !

We now have incidents of suspension from school for: having a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun, throwing a crude paper gun in the trash, making a gun gesture with two fingers, a screensaver picture of a gun, and pretending to throw an imaginary grenade at imaginary evil forces. And now it's seems it is becoming standard practice to have police raids in full riot gear with armed police leading students with their hands on their heads because of an unconfirmed report. Can it get any more stupid?

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: Stone Barrington

TO: A. Paula Gize

Sadly, you have no practical knowledge of what you're trying to discuss. Your's is a typical emotional response. (Alas, you're not alone on these pages...)

Police departments are in a difficult position right now when it comes to school responses. Their responses are either too little or too much depending upon your perspective.

Considering all the risks and all the hyper-sensitivity right now, a strong response is more appropriate than a weak one (such as having one officer respond.) Although it may offend your delicate sensibilities and visual comfort level to see heavily armed police on campus, it causes no harm and may very well prevent catastrophy.

Enough with your histrionics. I don't think firing everyone is the solution.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: @editor for not posting my comment about a total police state

whats this look like to you guys? this is a total police state, is there any reason these innocents in this picture should have their hands on their heads ? and a gun pointed in their direction?

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Paula Gize

How silly can the school officials and police be to put out such a unnecessary show of force on unconfirmed reports, that even if true would be easily handled by placing a single police officer, or armed security guard, at the scene. Doing this major police action makes our supposed leaders look scared and foolish, because they are.

The police chief should be fired and the school principal suspended for this gross over reaction, and waste of resources.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: A Vet

@wimper fi
Idiotic comment.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Leonel Beltran

I am actually a student in Rancho Viejo and Staff said that it was a drill but now I know the truth if you don't believe me about being a student it is fine with me but actually I was not scared. I cannot believe it was a 4 hour lock down. I could tell you right now what happened: There I was in Mrs. Kaste's class. Suddenly the Princible said that it was a lock down drill. We waited in the classrom for a hour. Then the door started to open. I saw a gun coming in, I started praying and then I saw that.... it was a police. They took us to the ware house and we stayed their for 2 hours. Then we got on the bus and took us to H.L Suvercup. We ate and got picked up by our parents. No one ever told us about the student with a gun.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Wimper Fi

Just think if we used our veterans to guard our schools, we probaby would have had half a dozen people shot...

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: @ THIS POLICE STATE

so why is this cop making innocent people walk with their on their head at gunpoint? Welcome to the police state everyone. we are the government and we are here to help, lol.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Be Calm and Carry On
- or -
Be Afraid and Pay Taxes

This is not a local issue as the Western world suffers under the later motto. Look how far we have come but how did we ever to come this?

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