Gun Threat Leads to School Lockdown

Gun Threat Leads to School Lockdown

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FOLEY, Alabama -

A 12 year old is now facing charges after police say he threatened to take a gun to school in Foley.

Police cars block off the campus at Foley Intermediate School full of 5th and 6th graders. Nervous parents gather off campus.

"I get here and I saw everybody standing around," says parent Angelina Singh. "My daughter is in school. Yes, I am going nuts of course, it's my daughter."

The school is locked down. "A police officer said they had got a tip that a kid had brought something to school," says a parent not wanting to be identified. A 12 year old threatened to bring a gun to school according to police Lt. David White. "We searched everywhere we could search to make sure the students were safe."

No weapon was found.

"Who would think a 5th or 6th grader would bring a gun to school or even talk about bringing a gun to school," asks grandmother Gayla Vickers.

Over the last few years especially, lockdowns have become synonymous with imminent danger, but that is not always the case.

"Lockdown doesn't necessarily mean there's a threat to children," says school system superintendent Alan Lee. "It just means to put everything on hold, keep everybody in their place until we can determine if there truly is a threat."

After more than an hour the lockdown is lifted and frightened parents start checking their kids out of school.

"It just freaked me out so I wanted to get my kids." The only precaution they know to make sure their kids are safe.

The 12 year old is charged with "rendering a false alarm" according to Foley police. He has been released into the custody of his parents.

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