Frightening moments at Spring Valley High School as police search for armed student

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It was a shocking start to the day for students at one high school on the west side of the Las Vegas valley.

Metro and school police swarmed the Spring Valley High School campus after a report of a student with a gun walking onto the school grounds.

The school is located on Buffalo Drive between Twain Avenue and Flamingo Road.

The call initiated an hour-long search of the school from top to bottom. Police did not find anyone with a gun.

But it has students thinking about what could have been.

“It’s scary to see that happen, it’s unbelievable,” said Yesenia Ramirez, a senior at Spring Valley High School.

“All of the sudden we just hear through the speakers that there was a hard lockdown,” said Jennifer Martinez, a senior at Spring Valley Hight School.

Police surrounded the school searching for a student with a gun.

“It was scary, I thought they were going to evacuate us from school,” Martinez said.

Students were sequestered to their classrooms for about an hour as police scoured the campus.

“And it got pretty scary because after 20 minutes, I could hear like the police officers walking through the hallways, knocking on doors and everything,” Martinez said.

“They were looking in all the classrooms, the cops were looking in all the classrooms saying. ‘Put your hands up’ and they were checking and they were just going through every classroom,” Ramirez said.

Police gave the all clear by 9:30 a.m., just over an hour after the call came in.

“There were a few students that did match the description, and they were searched, and there were no firearms or anything like that found,” said Lt. Frank Fama, LVMPD.

Still, the morning excitement didn’t set well with some students who left for the day after officials lifted the lockdown.

Senior Jennifer Martinez decided to go home for the day when the lockdown was lifted. She took her younger brother — a freshman — with her.

“I’d rather not risk it, I would rather just ditch the two classes I got left,” she said.

Some students chose to leave campus after the lockdown but most stuck out the school day.

“I hope this doesn’t happen again because this is a serious issue,” Ramirez said.

Throughout the day, school district and Metro Police patrolled the area. They increased their patrols around the school out of an abundance of caution.


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