An active shooter was reported at Golden Valley High School, according to police, but school officials subsequently said that proved to be false.
Police blocked streets in the area of the campus at 2121 E. Childs Ave. after the call came in about noon.
At about 12:09 p.m., the Merced Union High School District said on Facebook that the report was false. "Authorities are on the scene investigating — but everything is fine," the post reads.
The district has informed parents they "do not believe there was any active shooter," according to Ralph Calderon, deputy superintendent.
"All the students were locked down. We did that in about 15 seconds," he said. "The police now (are) doing a precautionary search, and hopefully after that we'll get back to a normal school day."