Scottsdale, AZ – Cocopah Middle School was placed on lockdown after an armed individual was allegedly spotted on the campus before school was called to session on Wednesday morning. Cocopah Middle School is located near 64th Street and Shea Boulevard, according to KFYI News.
A food service worker reported seeing a man wearing a long coat and carrying a holstered weapon on school property around 6 am, according to AZ Family.com. A message on the Arizona middle school’s website reads:
“Due to a police situation in the area, the perimeter around Cocopah Middle School is closed. We are requesting that you drop your child off in the Chaparral Auditorium on the north side of the campus. Teachers and staff will supervise children.
Cocopah Middle School officials have delayed the start of the school day while law enforcement officers search for the allegedly armed suspect. Automated phone calls to parents from the Arizona middle school principal about the incident reportedly went out at 7:25 am on Wednesday.
The Scottsdale middle school is located near the Chaparral High School. Parent Becky Almarez told Fox 10 News station that her daughter sent her a text message letting her know that she was away from the school and in a safe place but that she couldn’t talk on her phone. The little girl also made sure to tell her mommy that she loved her in the text message.
The Scottsdale Police Department is still searching the Cocopah Middle School and investigating reports of the armed suspects allegedly spotted on the campus. In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Scottsdale law enforcement officers are taking the reports even more seriously. Check back with The Inquisitr for updates on this breaking news story.