WVHS Disturbance Causes 25 Minute “Shelter In Place” Emergency Activation
Written by Trevor Montgomery
On Scene Reporter: Eddie George
Hemet, Calif.; This morning, at around 9:45 a.m., West Valley High School experienced a disturbance caused by a student who attends the school. The disturbance caused the school to activate their “Shelter In Place” mode as a precautionary measure.
The disturbance was caused by an unidentified, unknown age male student, who had climbed to the top of the school’s sport’s bleachers and was threatening to harm himself.
Lt. Dickson, of the Hemet Police Department confirmed officers from the Hemet Police Department responded to the reported incident and that the student involved was safely assisted and later transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
According to Alex Cass, the Press Information Officer for the Hemet Unified School District, campus security officers and School Resource Officers called in assistance from additional Hemet Police officers, who successfully convinced the young man to come down from the top of the bleachers.
Cass said no other students were ever in any danger and no weapons were involved in the incident. Cass stated the incident lasted approximately 20 to 25 minutes, after which all activities at the school returned to normal.
Cass also stated the student involved came down from the top of the bleachers of his own volition after successful intervention by school staff and officers on scene.
In speaking about the incident, Cass said, “Our number one priority within the Hemet Unified School District is to ensure the safety of all our students. We are constantly being pro-active in doing everything we can to keep our students as safe as possible.” Continuing, Cass said, “We want to thank our campus security officers, our Hemet Police Department School Resource Officers, our staff and administrators and everyone else involved in this incident for constantly working to keep our students safe.”
At approximately 11:32 a.m., the Hemet Unified School District sent out an automated phone call to all parents of students who attend the school, letting them know about the Shelter In Place activation and that the incident had been safely resolved. The message also stated no students were injured during the incident.
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