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Prank call sends police to downtown high school

January 4, 2012 |  2:18 pm

A prank call about gunmen at a Los Angeles high school sent police to the campus Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department responded to an emergency call at Animo Jackie Robinson High School at 10:40 a.m. reporting three teenagers armed with handguns, Officer Larry Park said. The caller provided no other information in the brief exchange before hanging up.

Witnesses said more than a dozen police officers arrived at the charter school dressed in riot gear and carrying assault rifles. Overhead, a helicopter circled the scene.

The school campus was locked down as officers canvassed the area, authorities said. No firearms were discovered during the search.

"I don't know if there was a test today and somebody did not study," said Susan Cox, a spokeswoman with Los Angeles Unified School District. "But everything is fine. Nothing was found."

By noon the lockdown was lifted and regular school activities resumed.

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-- Angel Jennings

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