High school in south Las Vegas on hard lockdown Wednesday due to report of weapon

Desert Oasis High School goes on lockdown for hours; no weapon found on campus
Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 12:11 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Desert Oasis High School in the south Las Vegas Valley was on a hard lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

Students told FOX5 that they were eating lunch when an alarm played over the school intercom.

“They just kind of like said, ‘hard lockdown, this is not a drill,’” explained sophomore Porter Hibbard.

Clark County School District Police Lt. Bryan Zink confirmed to FOX5 that the lockdown is in response to an investigation of a weapon on the school’s campus. However, according to Zink, no weapon was ultimately found.

CCSD provided the below message from Desert Oasis’ principal:

This is Jennifer Boeddeker, Principal of Desert Oasis High School. The safety of our students is the number one priority. As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community. The school is on a lockdown out of an abundance of caution as CCSD Police investigate a report of a weapon on campus. Students are safe in their classrooms and continuing with regular instruction with minimal disruptions. We will provide and update as soon as it is available. Thank you for your patience.

Some parents said that the email was sent out after they were told about the incident from their children.

John Caminero said if this happens again, he would want to hear from CCSD sooner.

“Just alert us a lot quicker. Just get a system out there so we can be updated a lot quicker than what is typically done, but like I said, I didn’t know until he called me and another 10 minutes had passed and I still didn’t get an alert from the school,” Caminero said.

Lt. Zink told FOX5 that students would be released from school at 2 p.m.

This is a developing story.