Update Tuesday Feb 1: From the Oakland Tribune

An Oakland elementary school was locked down and evacuated Monday afternoon after an anonymous caller reported that a man carrying a rifle had entered the campus, though no gunman was ever found. “We found no evidence that the man was even on the campus, but we have to take every call like this very, very seriously,” said Oakland police spokeswoman Holly Joshi. Oakland schools police Chief Pete Sarna said it appears likely the call was a hoax and that it was placed from a school phone line.

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Update 3:24 p.m. California Beat is tweeting that no gunman has been found at La Escuelita Elementary School. More on the story from AP:

An Oakland elementary school has been placed on lockdown after an anonymous tip of a possible gunman inside, but school officials say all the students are safe.

Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says all students except for one class already have been evacuated from La Escuelita Elementary School. Flint says the remaining class of special needs students is not in danger.

Police are searching the campus, and no gunman has been found.

Flint says the district received a phone call around 12:45 p.m. Monday from a man who said someone had entered the school armed with a rifle.

Flint says all the children are accounted for and are being taken to a parking lot for parents to pick them up.

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In response to a query from KQED’s Cy Musiker, Oakland Police Spokeswoman Holly Joshi sent this email:

La Escuelita school is being evacuated due to a caller saying that there was a male armed with a gun entering into one of the classrooms.

KQED News intern Katrina Schwartz just spoke with Troy Flint, the press contact for the Oakland Unified School District. He confirmed that La Esquilita is on “lock-down” although he would not confirm why. He said there is a large school and police presence there and that they are going to begin evacuating the students within minutes.

The staging area where parents can go to pick up their children is at 330 E. 8th Street.

Update 1:54 p.m. From NBC Bay Area:

Oakland police responded in force to La Escuelita elementary school on 3rd Ave just after 1 p.m. Monday after a caller reported seeing an armed man enter one of the classrooms, according to police. Our news helicopter flew over the school showed students being quickly moved across the playground from portable classrooms and into a large building. The school is near Laney College and Lake Merritt. Police with guns and rifles drawn are in the area.

Update 1:58 p.m. KRON adds these details:

Oakland Unified confirms 250 students and ten to twelve teachers left the campus of La Escuelita Elementary School at 1100 3rd Avenue in Oakland.

No Gunman Found at Oakland’s La Escuelita School 1 February,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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