A report of a person with a gun caused a two-hour lockdown at Boulder Valley Schools’ Arapahoe Campus on Wednesday before police found there was no threat to the schools.
The campus at 6600 Arapahoe Road — which houses Arapahoe Ridge High School, Boulder TEC, Boulder Universal, and BVSD Online — was placed on lockout and then lockdown at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday after the school district received a Safe2Tell tip about an armed person, according to Boulder Valley spokesman Randy Barber.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and Lafayette Police Department all responded to help search the campus, but police found no threat. The lockdown was lifted just after 3 p.m. and students were dismissed.
Arapahoe Campus has returned to normal operations after a lockout prompted by a Safe2Tell tip. Police have searched the building and have found no threat. The school is dismissing students now. https://t.co/tQw2W29xHu
— Boulder Valley School District (@BVSDcolorado) April 24, 2019
Barber said the school district’s trauma team was activated to help any students at the campus on Thursday who might be struggling in the aftermath of the incident.
This is the second time in the 2018-19 school year a Boulder Valley school has been placed on lockdown.
In November, a Nederland man who was hanging political fliers near Superior Elementary, 1800 S. Indiana St., lied about picking up a child from the school so he could use the bathroom.
School officials became suspicious when he bypassed the office and headed straight for the bathroom. The school went into lockdown for three minutes after the man, who was carrying a backpack, couldn’t offer any details about the child he said he was there to pick up. The lockdown was downgraded to a lockout, during which normal classroom activities proceed while school doors are locked, until 11:40 a.m. when the man was arrested.
The man was eventually issued a citation for trespassing and released.