UPDATE: Sunnyvale schools locked down Jan. 25; gunman reports fabricated


Anushka Patil

DEVELOPING: Sunnyvale schools locked down during possible gunman search

Homestead High School, Cupertino Middle School, West Valley Elementary schools affected on Jan. 25.

Storified by El Estoque· Fri, Jan 25 2013 12:54:10

RT @nbcbayarea: Cupertino Middle School in Sunnyvale, Homestead High & West Valley Elementary remain on lockdown. http://bit.ly/14dYnRs http://pic.twitter.com/CHKi6nwcAndy
News is now breaking that the initial reports of a possible gunman at Cupertino Middle School are believed to be false. 
BREAKING 12:35p UPDATE: Search is shutting down. New info indicates gunman was fabricated.City of Sunnyvale
Info given this morning regarding poss. gunman at CMS is believed to be false. Police are standing down search and resuming normal duties.City of Cupertino
At 11:48 a.m., the official City of Sunnyvale Twitter account confirmed that Homestead High School had been taken down to a Code Blue. As of 12:30 a.m., police were still at Cupertino Middle School.
11:48a UPDATE: Confirmed. Homestead HS also in CODE BLUE, which is kids stay inside for precautionary measures.City of Sunnyvale
.@abc7david sent us this photo of police checking the athletic field at Cupertino Middle School: http://yfrog.com/n90vsoj http://bit.ly/VcnPjqABC7 News
You may have heard that Cupertino Middle School in Sunnyvale has been locked down following a report of a man with a gun. West Valley Elementary and Homestead High schools have been locked down as well. De Anza College is operating normally and is in no danger, according to Foothill-De Anza Police.De Anza College
Local residents and students reacted on Twitter; many reflecting on the police activity coming so soon after the Monta Vista High School bomb threat in December.
So Cupertino middle is on lockdown and so is homestead high. This is like the 6th lock down in this district during 2012-13 smdfhأمل
And then parents and the media be like Cupertino is a safe and smart environment. Lol, safe my assأمل
LOL my moms driving to homestead and Mary to talk to the policeStacey Tentoglou
I went to Cupertino and Homestead…ugh. I hope they catch the person before any damage is done. What is this world coming to?Behold, A Lady
Soooo I think every police car in Sunnyvale is on homestead road right now not to mention all the police man with rifles #holycrapNatasha
How am I feeling? Anxious. Thinking of my friends with kids at Cupertino M.S. and West Valley Elementary – may your children all be safe!Heidi Waterfield
Several automated emergency alert calls were sent out. The City of Sunnyvale and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety used Twitter to provide updates while urging media caution.
Homestead parents, got another call re: lockdown: all students safe & accounted for, please do not come to school to pick them up.Michelle Crawford
Another message from Assistant Superintendent Graham Clark at 11:45 a.m asks parents to NOT come to Homestead High. http://fb.me/AfRJ5SIfAnne Ward Ernst
Please be cautious of misinformation during this event. We will ONLY report what we can confirm.City of Sunnyvale
News of the search was first put out, followed by information about the school lockdowns.
#DEVELOPING: Cupertino MS, West Valley Elementary, & Homestead HS remain locked down as police search for armed robber: http://bit.ly/VcnPjqABC7 News
11:22a UPDATE: Only Cupertino MS in Code Red. West Valley Elem. is Code Blue (kids stay inside, only).City of Sunnyvale
11:16a UPDATE: Parents may goto Fremont, Mary where DPS rep will give more info ONLY. Children cannot be picked up at this time.City of Sunnyvale
UPDATE: West Valley Elem. is also on lockdown. School is across from Cupertino Middle School. http://bit.ly/14dYnRsNBC Bay Area
Area bound by Homestead, Helena, Bernardo and Wright is blocked off and being searched. People should avoid this area. http://bit.ly/14dYnRsNBC Bay Area
CONFIRMED: Suspect search: Homestead, Helena, Bernardo, Wright. Schools in lockdown. Traffic is blocked off in area. DPS on sceneSunnyvale DPS