|(Photo of Royal High School from Copter 3 during Wednesday incident)|
A fake rifle used by the drill team at Royal High School in Simi Valley touched off a tense morning for students, teachers and parents Wednesday.
School authorities and police received a report around 8:20 AM that a person carrying a rifle was seen on campus.
That prompted a lockdown not only of Royal High but also Santa Rose of Lima Catholic school across the street.
Royal Avenue and other streets were closed while the Simi Valley SWAT team scoured the campus looking for the "gunman."
The sheriff's Copter 3 and media helicopters swirled overhead and worried parents waited nearby.
Then, around midday, after the SWAT team and searched for the suspect, investigators determined that the "gunman" who was seen was actually a member of the Royal High School Drill Team, and the rifle was actually a ceremonial fake gun used by the drill team and not a real firearm.
So many things had to happen for this to occur.