BRIGHTON, Colo. — Students at Brighton High School are safe and being released after police searched the school and did not find any weapons during a lockdown Friday afternoon.

The Brighton Police Department and Adams County Sheriff's Office responded to a Safe2Tell report of a student with a weapon just after 2:00 p.m.

According to a release from Brighton police, the anonymous tip said that a student saw another student loading a firearm in a bathroom inside the school.

After officers completed a safety sweep of the school, no weapons were found. Police also said that "no student has been identified as having presented a legitimate threat to others."

Most students were released at their normal time. After school activities at Brighton High School are also proceeding as normal Friday.

Ten classrooms at Brighton High School were released early, with those students gathering at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, according to the district.

Tracy Rudnick, a spokesperson for the district, said photos and videos that have been circulating of students leaving the school with their hands up and the students from the classes that were released early. 

Other schools in the 27J District were also placed on lockout Friday. Those schools are:

  • Five elementary schools: North, Northeast, Pennock, South, Southeast
  • Two middle schools: Overland Trail, Vikan
  • Innovation & Options
  • Eagle Ridge Academy 
  • Bromley East Charter School
  • Foundations Academy

A lockdown is a precautionary measure in response to a threat directly to the school or in the surrounding community. In a lockdown, all school activities are moved indoors. Interior and exterior doors on campus are locked, and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building.

A lockout means it's business as usual inside the buildings, but entry and exit are restricted.

Brighton High School is at 270 S. 8th Ave. in Brighton.

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