BREAKING: Murrieta Valley High School on lockdown, no active shooter, police say

Murrieta Police are investigating what they are terming “suspicious behavior” at Murrieta Valley High School. Kim Harris photo

UPDATE: Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

A lockdown issued for Murrieta Valley High School was lifted earlier this afternoon once police determined that there was no threat to the school.

According to a social media post on the Murrieta Unified School District Facebook page, no explosive devices were found at the school, confirming suspicions that MVHS received a threat, though how the threat was delivered has not been released to the media at this time.

“After a thorough search of MVHS, no explosive devices were found and Murrieta Police have determined that the campus is safe and the lockdown is being lifted,” the posting said.

Students were released to their parents at 12:20 p.m.

According to the district’s Facebook page, it was likely that no “purposeful instruction” would take place during the remainder of the day.

“At this point in the day, students need food and rest,” the post reported.

MVHS students were released room by room through a single gate on campus and buses did transport the students home.

“The safety of students and staff is our highest priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation throughout this incident,” the posting said.


UPDATE: Nov. 8, 11:50 a.m.

Police remain on the scene at Murrieta Valley High School where what police are calling a “soft” lockdown was initiated just before 10 a.m. this morning.

According to Murrieta Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Karen Parris, officers remain on the scene while police continue their search of the campus.

“All students are safe and no explosive devices have been found,” Parris said. “We anticipate releasing students when Murrieta Police determine that the lockdown can be lifted.”

Parris said the district will provide updates to parents when more information becomes available.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


Murrieta Police Department announced a lockdown at Murrieta Valley High School on social media this morning.

“Due to recent suspicious activity, the Murrieta Valley School District has put Murrieta Valley High School on a soft lock down,” a Facebook posting reads.

Officers are currently on the scene evaluating the incident.

According to the post, reports from students that there is an active shooter on the campus are incorrect.

Calls to Murrieta PD have yet to be returned.

Valley News is currently working on obtaining more information on the situation.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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