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Two Central Coast High Schools Placed On Lockdown; Gun Threat Was Hoax

Two Santa Barbara County High Schools were placed on lockdown shortly before the time of the national school walkout Wednesday, after a social media posting indicated there might be violence on campus.

The posting indicated there was a gun on campus at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. Righetti and St. Joseph’s High School were both placed on lockdown at about 9:30 a.m. while the threat was investigated.

Investigators say Atascadero Police determined a student in their area was responsible for the threat, and he was arrested. The lockdown was lifted just before lunchtime.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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