Prop gun initiates gun scare at Cedar High School

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CEDAR CITY — Cedar City High School had a scare Monday morning when a student reported to the office that another student was possibly in possession of a gun.

The gun turned out to be nothing more than a plastic toy that was brought to school by a student to be used as a prop in German class, Secondary Education Director Jennifer Wood said.

“(She) brought a little holster with a fake orange little plastic gun in it into a German class and was role playing for something in the German class,” Wood said. “A student went down to the office and said there was a student with a gun.”

The issue escalated from there. The school resource officer was contacted, Wood said, and Cedar City Police responded to the scene.

“Our officers responded to Cedar High on report of that gun and quickly determined that there was no alarm,” said Cedar City Police Public Information Officer Jimmy Roden. “There was no one in danger. It was a prop gun for a class.”

Cedar High School was not put on lockdown at any time throughout the incident.

Despite the fervor over what turned out to just be a prop, Wood said, the student who reported the possible gun did exactly what they should have in that situation.

“It is huge — what if it were real?” Wood said. “They did do the right thing, but no worries; all students are safe.”  

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