NEW PORT RICHEY
Report of rifle puts River Ridge schools on lockdown
River Ridge middle and high schools went into lockdown mode Friday afternoon at dismissal time, as law enforcement investigated reports that someone with a gun was roaming the area near the campus on Town Center Road.
By 3:30, the lockdown was lifted following two sweeps of the schools. There was no one on campus with a gun, Pasco schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.
The schools had already been largely cleared when officials received word that a resident near the school saw someone believed to be a student, just off school grounds in the Sabalwood subdivision, wrapping up what they believed to be a rifle. Sheriff's deputies responded to the site.
Many of the students already had departed campus on buses, which all were gone when the call came. Students who walk home were held inside the school with the doors locked for their safety, according to the school district.