Lockdown lifted at Golden Valley High

March 22, 2013 

MERCED — Golden Valley High School in Merced was on lockdown for about two hours this morning as authorities investigated an off-campus fight that apparently migrated onto the campus.

No injuries were reported at the school at 2121 E. Childs Ave. School district officials said no guns were involved in the incident despite rumors to the contrary.

Initial reports indicated a fight that occurred off campus on Thursday resumed today at or near the school. Reports indicated the incident attracted a large number of students before the high school was put on lockdown at about 11 a.m. and students were shut in their classrooms while authorities assessed the situation to determine if the campus was safe.

The scene at the school was hectic as Merced police units rolled onto campus and took up positions around the school.

Parents who apparently had heard about the incident also were gathering outside the school. Many had come to pickup their children and take them home.

School officials tried to reassure parents that there were no injuries and the campus was safe. The lockdown was lifted about 12:45 p.m. and students were released to their parents after being sent to the office three at a time.

Other schools in the area reported were also on lockdown, but it wasn't immediately clear how many or which ones.

It was immediately know who many, if any, arrests were made. Police were still on campus conducting their investigation as the lockdown ended.

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