Douglas High Locked Down After Threatening E-Mail

Douglas High School was briefly locked down Friday afternoon after the school's resource officer received an e-mail threat that a shooting would take place on campus, authorities said.

Resource officer Greg Shields, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy assigned to the high school, opened the e-mail at 12:52 p.m. and alerted school and sheriffs officers, the Gardnerville Record-Courier first reported on its Web site.

Deputies kept students in classrooms and closed off the campus in this rural community 15 miles south of Carson City while a search was conducted. The school was reopened an hour later.

"Exactly what the note said, I don't know," said Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Mezzetta. "It made reference that there would be a shooting at school today."

Mezzetta said no weapons were found during a search of the grounds and no shots were fired.

The incident comes one day after a student was injured during a gang-related fight in the school commons.

Investigators don't know if the incidents are related, Mezzetta said.

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