UPDATE: Multiple S.F. Schools on Lockdown

Balboa High School, Leadership High School, and James Denman Middle School are all locked down as police swarm the area.

Balboa High School (Courtesy Photo)

Update, 4:45 p.m. According to the San Francisco Police Department, a gun went off in a classroom. One person was injured, but it’s not sure clear how — police say it was unrelated to the firearm’s discharge. When police arrived on the scene they conducted a large search, and subsequently found a firearm and spent bullet casings. Four Balboa High School students were taken into custody. 

Update, 1:30 p.m. SFPD reports that “no active threat” remains. San Francisco Unified School District writes on Twitter that “There is no longer an active threat at Balboa High and SFPD has given the all clear. Students at Balboa High will soon be dismissed. We will update Balboa families on where to pick up their students as soon as possible. The parent of the student who sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries has been contacted. The San Francisco Department of Public Health as been in contact with SFUSD school health programs. Students can access teen health center at Balboa for support where extra staff are available. San Miguel Early Education School, Denman Middle School, and Leadership High School are no longer on lockdown, and the school day will continue as planned. 

“Balboa students have been dismissed if they take transportation independently. If parents/guardians know their students are waiting for them, then parents/guardians should meet their students on the school football field.”

Several schools in San Francisco were placed on lockdown Thursday. Police have responded to Balboa High School en masse, with a slew of emergency services on the scene. Leadership High School and James Denman Middle School, which are directly adjacent to Balboa, are also currently locked down.

SFUSD has told the press that “students are safe and SFPD are investigating.” 

Images and videos posted to the app Citizen show students on their phones, hanging out against walls and under desks. Unconfirmed reports state that a gun did go off, and the suspect, a teenager, is at large. 

This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned for updates. 

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