A report of an active shooter and multiple people shot at Santa Cruz High School Thursday morning caused a panic, but it was determined to be unfounded, police said.
Several schools in Santa Cruz were placed on lockdown while police responded to the campus and investigated the report.
After the response and investigation, police said "it is not evident that there was an active shooter and no injured persons have been located."
"I was a little scared, not going to lie," student Jorge Gonzalez said. "I was a little freaked out, but I knew we were going to be OK. I knew there was a bunch of cops on campus."
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Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Kris Munro in a news briefing reported all students and staff were safe. Munro added school will be in session on Friday.
A Santa Cruz City Schools spokesperson said Santa Cruz High School, Mission Hills Middle School and Bay View Elementary were on lockdown during the police investigation. The district also said seven other schools were placed under a shelter-in-place order out of an abundance of caution.
Police said a reunification area for parents and students had been set up at Depot Park.