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Microphone, Not Gun, Prompts Lockdown At Chaminade Prep. In West Hills

WEST HILLS ( — A private San Fernando Valley high school was placed on lockdown Tuesday due to a report of a person with a gun near campus that turned out to be a student with a boom microphone.

LAPD Topanga officers responded to a call from school officials at 9:30 a.m. stating the mother of a student saw a suspicious person near Chaminade College Preparatory High School, 7500 Chaminade Ave.

"There was a report that a male, white, about 18 years old, was seen approaching the school in the parking lot area with some type of object in his hand, possibly a rifle or shotgun. He was dressed in black pants, black top," LAPD Capt. Hearn said.

Chaminade Lockdown
A student takes a photo in a classroom while on lockdown at Chaminade Prep. High School in West Hills. (credit: UGC/CBS)

The school was on lockdown for almost three hours while more than 50 officers from several divisions conducted a room-to-room search of the campus.

The lockdown was lifted just after 12:15 p.m.

The nearby middle school campus was not affected other than disrupted bus service, according to the school.

No further details were available.

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