Hostage situation ends at Oroville school
By Niesha Lofing and Dorothy Korber - Bee Staff Writers
Published 10:16 am PDT Friday, September 28, 2007
A hostage situation has ended at an Oroville high school and the gunman is in custody following a standoff that lasted more than an hour Friday morning.
Butte County Sheriff's officials confirmed the situation at Las Plumas High School ended peacefully around 10:45 a.m.
All six Oroville Union High School District schools were on lockdown following the incident, which began around 9:15 a.m. The district posted a notice about the lockdowns on its Web site at 9:35 a.m.
Various broadcast reports say shots were fired and the gunman was holding two or three hostages in the school's band room. More than two dozen students were released at the start of the situation.
The rest of the school was evacuated, and students and faculty were taken to Church of the Nazarene near the campus where parents could pick up their children. The church is located at 2238 Monte Vista Ave.
The school district has released the following statement on its Web site, posted at 10:25 a.m.:
"All Oroville Union High School District schools are on lock down. There is an incident at the Las Plumas High School campus. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has the campus under control. If your student is at the Las Plumas campus you will not be able to pick them up at this time. If you would like to pick up a student from another school be prepared to show identification and please be patient with the emergency support staff. Please help keep our phone lines clear and check the district website for updates."