After a student at Desert Wind Middle School told his parents about a threat against the school, Maricopa Police Department was informed and notified the school’s administration.

That automatically put the campus into a teaching lockdown at 9:15 a.m.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said no basis for the story was found, and the person named as the instigator of the threat did not exist at the school.

“MPD and DWMS administrators talked to several students and determined that these threats were only rumors,” Maricopa Unified School District Superintendent Steve Chestnut stated in a release. “The teaching lockdown ended a 11:50 a.m. We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Maricopa Police Department in resolving this situation.”

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