Helix HS Threat Was Hoax

A report of a man carrying a gun near campus put Helix High School on lockdown Tuesday was a hoax according to La Mesa police and school administrators.

A student reported seeing a man with a handgun in the waistband of his pants inside the bathroom by the football field around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. The student then told a teacher who reported the incident to the resource officer on campus.

On Wednesday, police now say the student "fabricated the incident" but they are not sure why the student lied.

The high school and two nearby schools were locked down for at least an hour while officers searched the campus.

The student who made the false report could face school discipline and/or criminal charges.

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