A lockdown drill at Jamestown Middle School in Guilford County on Thursday afternoon quickly turned real when a student was seen with a BB gun, a school system spokesman said.
The lockdown spread to other local schools, including Ragsdale High School and Guilford Technical Community College.
Around 2:30 p.m., Jamestown Middle was in the midst of a lockdown drill when a student told a staff member they had seen someone with a weapon, said Janson Silvers, a spokesman for Guilford County Schools.
Guilford County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lori Poag called the report a "false alarm." Deputies responded to a report of an armed suspect, but quickly verified there was no threat, she said.
A student who had a BB gun was found, but Silvers said the child was not threatening anyone with it.
Silvers could not say whether the BB gun was inside or outside the school building or how or why the student had it.
In a Facebook post, GTCC said it received word of a "potential threat of an armed individual" on the Ragsdale High School campus just before 3 p.m.
GTCC placed the Jamestown campus under a brief lockdown. At 3:15, the lockdown was lifted after the community college was notified that the threat was cleared, GTCC wrote in the post.