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No new leads with alleged gun sighting near Placer High

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Police are still investigating an alleged gun sighting that led to a more than hour-long lockdown at Placer High School Tuesday afternoon. Slightly before 2 p.m. Tuesday a student told an officer he saw a person dropped off by the school and walking on the sidewalk near the school’s gymnasium. The student told the officer he saw the butt of a revolver sticking out of the man’s backpack, but the student wasn’t sure if the man walked onto the campus or into a nearby residence, according to Sgt. Michael Garlock, with the Auburn Police Department. The school went into lockdown until 3:15 p.m., when students were released. Although school staff and officers checked backpacks matching the description the student gave, no gun was found. Sgt. Michael Garlock, with the Auburn Police Department, said the department doesn’t have any new leads on the incident. “No follow-up at this point,” Garlock said. “We don’t have anything else to go on, but we will look into the matter should we receive additional information.” Garlock said Officer Dave Neher, the department’s school resource officer, will be at the school full-time for the rest of the week. “When the officers are available, they will be in the area of the school,” he said. “And we do have our school resource officer back on campus and he is wearing his full uniform today to be more visible and he will be there (Thursday) and Friday.” Garlock said no additional interviews with students or staff are taking place and he hopes that anyone with additional information will contact the department at (530) 823-4237. Placer High Principal Peter Efstathiu said he thinks the situation is still sinking in and there is no updated information from the school right now. “The kids had some good comments on campus today,” Efstathiu said. “I got a lot of good kudos from parents, a couple phone calls with, ‘Thank you for keeping your kids safe.’ I did get some good constructive criticism on little things, about maybe communicating quicker, that kind of stuff.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com