UPDATE: Davis High Locked Down Thursday Morning; Police Release Details

The district received reports that someone was armed in the vicinity of Oak Avenue and B Streets.


UPDATE: The Davis Police Department released the following details about the Davis High School lockdown Thursday afternoon: 

...At approximately 10:25 am, the Davis Police Department received a call from administrators at Davis Senior High School reporting a male subject possibly armed with a handgun north of the library parking lot. As a precaution, four schools were placed on lockdown: Davis Senior High School, North Davis Elementary School, St. James Elementary School, and King High School. There is no information to indicate that the subject was ever on any of the campuses in the immediate area. The lockdown lasted approximately 35 minutes.

Officers responded and detained a male subject matching the description provided by the reporting party.  Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the subject had been in possession of a BB gun, which he discarded prior to police contacting him. The BB gun was located in the vicinity of where the male subject was detained. 

A second subject, who was with the male, was detained as well. Both individuals were released from the scene. Due to the fact that the subject was never on any of the campuses and also never threatened or brandished the BB gun, no criminal charges are being pursued at this time. The Davis Police Department will continue to investigate this incident for any legal recourse.  The male subject is described as being in his late teens and not enrolled at any of the schools.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is urged to contact the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.

ORIGINAL STORY: Several sources informed us Thursday morning about a lockdown at Davis High School after students reportedly saw someone with a weapon in the nearby park.

Two people were detained and nearby schools were locked down, but the suspects were released when it was determined that the weapon they had in their possession was a BB gun. 

Lt. Glenn Glasgow of the Davis Police Department says more information will be released soon. 

Superintendent Winfred Roberson shared the following statement with parents via email Thursday: 

"Your students are safe.  The district received reports that someone was armed in the vicinity of Oak Avenue and B Streets.  The police were summoned and the suspects have been detained.  We want to assure parents/guardians all safety protocols are in place and all precautions were taken.  DHS, North Davis, King High and DSIS schools were on lockdown and have been released.  DHS remains on lockdown pending further investigation.   Additional information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. 

Winfred Roberson

We reached out to police for details, but did not immediately hear back. We'll add information as we get it.

"My daughter is at DHS now in French 4," said one source in an email. "They haven’t told the students anything other than that they’re on lockdown.  The teacher is not teaching – they are all just quietly reading.  They’ve been told they need to stay in their current class until the lockdown in over."

If you have any details, please email davis@patch.com. Check back for updates. 

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Roxanna Argumedo February 21, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Wow! There has been no communication from the DHS nor the school district to inform us parents of any sorts. Why did we have to hear it here first! We should of received information from the district and not have to here this from outside sources! Don't get me wrong I am thankful that DavisPatch is doing their job! Thank you!
Mary Hickman February 21, 2013 at 07:58 PM
emails were sent!
JuLee February 21, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Davis School District sent out two very punctual and informative emails... the first was at 11:18 and the second was at 11:50. You must not be on their list, I'd call and make sure you're contact information is updated.
Sam February 21, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I was at North Davis when the lockdown was ordered at 10:20am. Reading time was just beginning and students were going to other classrooms, so we had to get everyone inside and under their desks. The lockdown wasn't lifted until an hour later, but there was still police activity next door in the library's parking lot.
Roxanna Argumedo February 21, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I just checked and I received a email with an email from Penny Pyle. Why not Davis school district? Who's looking for an email from Penny Pyle! Here is what it said: Your students are safe. The district received reports that someone was armed in the vicinity of Oak Avenue and B Streets. The police were summoned and the suspects have been detained. We want to assure parents/guardians all safety protocols are in place and all precautions were taken. DHS, North Davis, King High and DSIS schools were on lockdown and have been released. DHS remains on lockdown pending further investigation. Additional information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Winfred Roberson We needed to be informed through phone. Which I have been told was supposed to be set up years ago and is still not. (Hear say) Also the office staff was not even told at the beginning that the school was on lock down. When concerned parents were calling the staff could answer any questions because they ha no clue! Ridiculous! Get it together DJUSD! We are supposed to have such a great district and schools, prove it!
Sam February 21, 2013 at 08:05 PM
That's one of the first things the office does after issuing a lockdown. Might want to check if your in the listserv.
Roxanna Argumedo February 21, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Email was sent at 11:18 to notify of the lock down which occurred at 10:20, almost an hour later. Then this email at 11:50 notifying if the lock down lift! The DHS lockdown has been lifted. I want to thank the students, staff and the Davis Police Department for their immediate and professional response during this time. Again, all of our students are safe. Winfred Roberson Superintendent
Sam February 21, 2013 at 08:12 PM
The elementary school was put on lockdown before the high school.
Roxanna Argumedo February 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
The DHS staff was told the suspect was at the tennis courts?
Kelly Guerrero February 21, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I would rather have school officials deal with the offenders during a crisis rather than worrying about notifying parents! The only people to blame here are the offenders putting our kids at risk. I would like to thank DJUSD for all they do to protect our kids everyday.
Denise Dickson February 21, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I thought the district did a good job getting the info out...Penny Pyle works for the district.
kristin February 21, 2013 at 09:06 PM
It's clear the communication and updates are a joke. For example, it's been well over an hour and are there updates? Is Penny on lunch? It's insane. A twitter update and mass text (or even 3 organized students allowed to update if there weren't an emergency going on) would work very well.
Heather a February 21, 2013 at 09:11 PM
We were in the DHS theater for an elementary school field trip. Thankfully the orchestra teacher announced that it was a drill. Otherwise our kids (and adults), would have been completely freaked out!
Robin W February 21, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Kudos to Davis Patch for its timely alerts and to DJUSD staff for keeping the kids safe.
Looney February 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM
If you have never been in this situation it is hard to understand yet easy to criticize those who are dealing with the situation as quickly as possible. As a parent I would like to thank DJUSD staff for worrying about the safety of our children and then providing the most accurate information that was available to them at the time. It is a little concerning though to hear and know that DHS was not put on immediate lock down at the time other sites/offices were - that could have easily been the loss of numerous lives.
Jennifer Hill February 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM
"On lock-down"??? Please refrain from using such language when describing non-correctional institutions. My Alma mater's student body and staff are not prisoners "doing time". Although, some students may feel that way LOL. Besides, Davis High is an accessible, open campus by design.
Michael Ann Riley February 22, 2013 at 03:05 PM
The comments of complaint are extremely misplaced. I agree, this situation was handled beautifully. I was in the theater for the elementary school field trip as well. My son attends DHS and we were texting during the situation. Everyone did what they should. Thank you DJUSD and Davis Police!
Hamish February 22, 2013 at 05:46 PM
First, the criticisms of the schools and communications are absurd - they were rapidly in touch, clear, and super helpful. Get a life, whiners! (and I have two kids at these schools, so I care as much as anyone) Second, I was told by a police officer (working an unrelated break in) that it was a pellet gun - the sort that shoots lead pellets. It was not a bb gun as stated here. Moreover, in appearance, it apparently resembled any other handgun. So in terms of how others would perceive it, whether student, teacher, or police officer - it was a handgun. Third, I was also told that the guy with the gun was on parole. How this sort of behavior - causing more than one school to be shut down and a major police action - does not constitute a parole violation? I have no idea, but I'm amazed the Davis Police released him at the scene and find it hard to believe that they couldn't come up with any reason to at least hold this person for additional questioning and deeper exploration of his record.


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