School gun scares turn out to be false alarms

Last week’s shooting at Northern Illinois University seems to have spooked some, with a flurry of false alarms that have led to lock downs.

In one case, a report of a person roaming the campus of California State University with an assault rifle has turned out to be a false alarm.

Lt. Oceal Victory of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says someone mistook a Regular Officer Training Corps student practicing with a fake rifle to be an armed gunman. The report prompted the school to shut down and search the sprawling university grounds 32 kilometres south of downtown Los Angeles.

Closer to home, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate near Winnipeg was locked down after a 15-year-old student was spotted with an air pistol Wednesday. The student was in police custody last night and is facing charges of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.