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Police arrived to Randall High School late Thursday morning while the school was on lock-down. (Source: KFDA) Police arrived to Randall High School late Thursday morning while the school was on lock-down. (Source: KFDA)
Police arrived to Randall High School late Thursday morning while the school was on lock-down.  (Source: KFDA) Police arrived to Randall High School late Thursday morning while the school was on lock-down. (Source: KFDA)
Police arrived to Randall High School late Thursday morning while the school was on lock-down. (Source: KFDA) Police arrived to Randall High School late Thursday morning while the school was on lock-down. (Source: KFDA)
The lock-down has been lifted at Randall High School.  (Source: KFDA) The lock-down has been lifted at Randall High School. (Source: KFDA)
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A student accused of bringing a plastic gun to the Randall High School campus was booked into a detention center on a third degree felony Terroristic Threat charge Thursday, according to the Amarillo Police Department.

Following interviews with multiple students at the school, police believe the suspect in custody was the only person behind the incident. 

In an update Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Brent Barbee said someone called the school at 11:10 a.m. to report a student with a gun on campus. Early information suggested the student wanted to shoot other individuals at the school. The liaison officer on campus and school administrators moved around twenty students out of the class the suspect was believed to be in for further questioning. Additional units were also called to the scene.

"They just said everyone in the west auditorium right now, so everyone kind of calmly going in there not knowing what happened," freshman Isaac Perez said. "And we were wondering what happened. The teachers just kind of let us in, but they didn't tell us the full story."

The student in question was later seen running toward the school's east campus and was apprehended by officers with the Amarillo Police Department by 11:40 a.m. He apparently admitted to police the gun was fake. 

"He told officers that the gun was a toy and he had concealed it in a bathroom at the campus," Barbee said. "After the officers took him into custody, they were able to locate the plastic, replica weapon."

Police say they found the plastic gun in the ceiling of a school bathroom. Officers on scene described the plastic replica as realistic.

A Twitter account billed as the school's official page notified followers of a lockdown at the school, and again when it was lifted.

The tweet upset some parents of students at the school, since many do not have Twitter accounts. Similar complaints were made last November when Canyon High School was locked down after a gun was found in a student's possession. 

However, school officials said Twitter is not the only means for emergency notifications. During registration for each school year, parents can opt-in to receive alerts via SMS to the number they provide.

Barbee said APD has its own alerting system that's free for public use.

"Our information over Nixle to the media like that, the initial information like that, we send it out as quickly as we can," Barbee said. "With that initial information, that's mainly to get word to parents and other concerned parties that we don't have someone injured, that we don't have a continuing threat."

The student allegedly involved in the incident was booked into the Youth Center of the High Plains Thursday afternoon. His identity is withheld because of his juvenile status.

No injuries were reported.

Multiple units from the APD, Department of Public Safety, and Randall County Sheriff's Office responded to the call.

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