Rifle found inside Vancouver HS prompts lockdown

Rifle found inside Vancouver HS prompts lockdown
Police cars near Evergreen High School Wednesday morning. (Photo sent by twitter user @ToniAnneMachala)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Evergreen High School was placed under a lockdown for several hours Wednesday morning after a teacher found a rifle inside the school.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said there were no reports of injuries. A teacher found the rifle and ammo and immediately called police, she said. It was not immediately clear exactly where in the school the teacher found the weapon.

Student Melique Journet said he was in choir class when an announcement came over the intercom that students needed to stay in their classrooms, turn off the lights and be silent.

Students were being released from school early, escorted by security.