By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia and T.A. Hendrickson
Franklin High School in Highland Park is calm this afternoon after a call to the LAPD on Friday morning reported a shooter on campus.
Preliminary investigation indicates that “the call turned out to be a crank call from campus,” said LAPD Officer Jose Perez, in response to questions from the Boulevard Sentinel. No individual has been identified as the caller as of this posting, according to Perez.
Perez said that Franklin was placed on lockdown today at around 11:30 a.m. when police received the call reporting a shooter on campus.
Upon receiving the call, LAPD responded with officers in at least eight vehicles, said Perez. The school remained on lockdown for about 20 minutes as officers canvassed the entire campus. When officers found no sign of a shooter or other threat, school resumed. Perez also said that school administrators told police that there was no sign of any criminal activity on campus at the time the call was made.
As of this posting, police are still at Franklin to conduct their investigation and ensure calm, and are expected to remain on campus until school is dismissed today.
Bill Hendrickson, MBA, publisher of the Boulevard Sentinel, has extensive small business management, marketing and sales experience in corporate finance and real estate development and plays a not terrible game of golf.