Update 2:10 p.m.
The room-by-room evacuation of students at Woodland High School began “winding down” shortly before 2 p.m. Friday after a police search of the school found no evidence of weapons or a suspect. The school had been locked down since about 10 a.m. following two 911 calls from inside the school, the latter of which said there had been a shooting.
A shelter-in-place order at the school was lifted just after 1:30 p.m.
Police set up a perimeter around the school and searched each room, Woodland police Sgt. Dallas Hyde said. He said police will continue to investigate but that no one appears to have been harmed.
Students were bused from the high school campus to nearby Christiansen Park, where they were dropped off to parents after being checked out by school staffers to account for them.
The buses proceeded one, two or three at a time, each escorted by police vehicles as they made the short drive to the park’s gravel parking lot.
As of about 2:10 p.m., the final bus appeared to drop off students and roads near the school began to reopen. Woodland High School has about 1,500 enrolled students.
“We had phone calls coming from the school saying that there is gonna be a shooting,” Woodland High student Saidy Cortez said. “That there’s someone with a knife. We had someone come in and tell us this.”
She called it “traumatic,” standing outside the school with her mom about 1 p.m. Saidy said the evacuations started about noon, with students being notified of the situation about 10 a.m.
Saidy’s mom, Janeth Cortez, said she happened to be driving past the school when she saw police activity, then texted Saidy to see if she was OK.
Some students at Christiansen Park joined their parents without backpacks, saying they had to leave them at school. Officials said students would be able to pick them up when school resumes Monday.
One parent told others that their student was in the middle of Advanced Placement testing at the time of the evacuation, and therefore did not have their phone with them. The AP test for United States History, a common class taken by 11th graders, was administered at 8 a.m. nationwide Friday.
Freeman Elementary School, located across the street, has also been put on lockdown as a precaution, police said. Hyde said the elementary school was not evacuated.
Hyde said that one person was detained and released for going outside police lines.
The threat comes three days after two students opened fire on a high school in the Denver suburbs, leaving one student dead and eight others injured.