SUNNYVALE -- A report of a gunman at a middle school that led to three schools being locked down amid a massive law enforcement response Friday was fabricated, according to Sunnyvale police.
Police say the student who reported seeing a man with a gun on the Cupertino Middle School campus at around 10:30 a.m. later admitted the story was false, but not before about two dozen officers from Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol swarmed over the area. Cupertino Middle, West Valley Elementary School and Homestead High School were all locked down, and streets around the middle school were closed as police searched for the reported gunman.
"Everybody has gone through a lot of angst for no reason," said Capt. David Verbrugge of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.
He said the report placed a lot of stress on teachers, school administrators and police.
The student initially provided a description of a man carrying a gun on the Cupertino Middle School campus.
Verbrugge said the student, who was interviewed by police, could face criminal charges for making a false report. He did not immediately specify the student's age or gender.
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