PD: Centennial High School lockdown lifted after reports of student with gun

Posted at 10:40 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 18:21:18-05

Police are continuing to investigate after a student was seen with a gun at a Peoria high school Friday morning, prompting an hours-long lockdown.

Peoria Unified School District officials at 2 p.m. said all Centennial High School students and staff are safe, and the school is being dismissed at its normal time of 2:20 p.m.

According to a release from the school, it was reported to school administrators Friday morning "that students may have seen a fellow student with a handgun in his waistband."

School officials said a student was taken into custody and was being questioned in connection with the incident.

Police spent several hours investigating the student and conducted "a thorough precautionary sweep of campus." According to police, no specific threat was made and the student is cooperating with officials.

After the sweep, authorities said no weapon was recovered. The student suspected of having a gun never admitted to possessing one and was released to a guardian. The student will not face charges, police said.

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