HOLLISTER, Calif. (Channel3 NOW) – On Thursday morning, September 14, Hollister High School went into a lockdown after the Hollister Police Department’s School Resource Officer on campus received reports of drug activity that led to the discovery of a loaded firearm on campus.
In conducting his investigation, it was determined that there were other students of interest, so HPD called for a lockdown and searched areas of the school for involved subjects and any additional weapons.
School staff and faculty members immediately followed the appropriate protocols as local law enforcement personnel arrived on campus.
Hollister Police reported that one student was arrested and two additional students were detained.
HPD lifted the lockdown at 12:15 p.m. and school was canceled for the rest of the day Thursday. All athletic and extracurricular activities are being canceled for the day.
At this time, there is no threat to students, and all staff and students are safe with no injuries reported. Students waiting for a ride were directed to O’Donnell Gym.
We appreciate the work of HPD and all of our law enforcement partners and we also thank our families and community for their patience during this situation.
When the lockdown was initiated, Hollister High School administrators, staff and faculty immediately implemented the appropriate safety protocols.
In a situation like this, the priority for all staff members is to ensure the safety of students on campus.
Once law enforcement ensured that the campus was secure, students were safe, and internal safety protocols were implemented, external communication about the situation was provided to the greater community.
School will resume on Friday, September 15, which will be a Red Day schedule (Zero Period and Blocks 1, 2 and 3). We understand the effects that a situation like this can have on students, staff, parents, families and the greater community.
Counseling and Wellness Center staff will be available on Friday to provide any support or assistance for students. Students in need of further support can contact their counselor or Student Services staff.