Officials: Hoax led to Philly school lockdown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a group of students apparently made up a story about a woman with a gun that led to a lockdown at two schools.

Students at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences and Barton Elementary were locked down Thursday morning as police searched a nearby house after a group of students reported being threatened by a woman with a “long gun” on their way to school.

Investigators later questioned a woman who lived nearby, but police say the children — ages 10 through 13 — apparently made up the story. District spokesman Fernando Gallard (GUY ‘ard) says the school will investigate and that they could face disciplinary action.

The lockdown ended around noon. The woman was questioned, but no charges were filed.

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