A lockdown at two Simi Valley schools was lifted early Wednesday afternoon after police determined that an alleged weapon seen on the Royal High campus in the morning was a ceremonial drill rifle, authorities said.
The lockdown was prompted by a report of a person walk onto the campus of Royal High School, located at 1402 Royal Ave., with what was appeared to be a long gun around 8:21 a.m., the Simi Valley Police Department posted in a media alert.
The sighting resulted in Royal High and nearby Saint Rosa of Lima Catholic School being placed on lockdown, according to the Police Department.
All students were “sheltered and safe,” the department stated at one point.
As a precaution, some special needs students at Royal were relocated to Santa Susana High School, also in Simi Valley, until the lockdown was over, according to a police news release.
The department added that the movement of the special needs students was routine and there was no developing campus emergency.
After conducting a search of the Royal High School campus with assistance from the Los Angeles Police Department, Simi Valley police determined the reported long rifle was a ceremonial drill rifle used by a drill team member, and not an actual weapon, according to an updated alert sent shortly before 12:20 p.m.
Officers will remain at the high school temporarily to help with any lingering traffic-related issues, the alert stated.
Royal Avenue, which was closed to traffic during the hourslong investigation between Crocker Street and Pride Street, has since been reopened.