Student Made Up Story About Gunman at Cupertino Middle School

The student who claimed he saw a gunman on the play field admitted he lied after a more than two-hour lockdown of multiple schools in the area.

The multi-school lockdown that occurred Friday morning turned out to be a fabricated story by a Cupertino Middle School student, officials said.

The student, who is not being named because he is a minor, is being interviewed at Sunnyvale Public Safety headquarters, spokesman Sgt. Dave Verbrugge said.

It all started around 10:30 a.m. when the male student went to his teacher and said he saw a man with a gun on the playing field.

The teacher called the principal who alerted an officer who was on campus dealing with another situation, Verbrugge said.

Police locked down the entire campus and surrounding roads and began their search. Deputies from Santa Clara County Sheriff's department were on hand as well.

Nearby schools such as Homestead High School and West Valley Elementary School were placed on lockdown as a precaution, and Patch readers reported “Early Horizons on Lewiston, which shares space with the French-American school and DeLor Montessori” and “Resurrection Catholic School on Hollenbeck/Cascade is also on voluntary lock down.”

The student who made the claim was in the principal’s office while police searched the campus.

“They continued to interview him and check his story,” Verbrugge said.

And as things didn’t match up, the boy admitted he made up the whole story.

He will probably be issued a citation for filing a false police report then go to juvenile court, and Verbrugge said depending on the outcome of the interview and a discussion with the boy’s parents, there could be more charges.

Nobody was hurt during the incident, but Verbrugge said there was certainly damage done by the fear the claim put in parents, students and the school staff and faculty.

When the lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m. a “controlled release” of students at Cupertino Middle School was conducted, according to Cupertino Union School District spokesman Jeremy Nishihara.

Unknown Person January 27, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I go to that school. It was SCARY!!!
Heather January 27, 2013 at 07:58 AM
I believe the student deserves at least suspension from school, AFTER he issues a public apology to students, faculty, parents & Public Safety. I also think he should have to serve a term of community service, working with Public Safety officers so he can see their job is no joke. Perhaps a tour of the Main Jail in San Jose would help open his eyes as well.
HHS Parent January 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM
The consequences of the boy's lie go further. For example at Homestead High School, several students that were being evacuated off the athletic field received scrapes and torn clothing as they scaled a fence. A bus that was evacuating students was hit by a car. Also, several students had to urinate into trash cans in their classrooms during the lockdown (embarrassing for all involved). A Code Red is not a simple thing to pull off, especially with large schools such as those that are found within the Bay Area. Unforeseen issues will always crop up. As to what I'd like to see happen to the student who cried wolf, at the very least, I hope there will be counseling for him and his family. I will leave it up to the courts to decide what further action needs to be taken.
Anne Ernst January 28, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Sorry you had to experience that. Do you know the kid who made up the story?
a person February 01, 2013 at 01:47 AM
yeah, i was in p.e when that happened and got cut...


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