Arrest made in gun threat at Pinedale Elementary School

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RAPID CITY, S.D (KEVN-TV) - A Rapid City woman is arrested following a false report that someone with a gun was around Pinedale Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.

A Rapid City Police Department release states that 29-year-old Ricky Peck was arrested for false reporting to authorities and disturbance of school.

The false report prompted a lock-down until police could confirm there was no danger to the students.

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Fear and tears at Pinedale Elementary school this afternoon after a false threat.

Parents and kids were reunited after the school was locked down due to a false threat.

Police say they do know who made the false threat and there has not been an arrest yet.

Shortly before 3:00 this afternoon, police got a call from the school.
The school told police that a person called them saying there was an individual at the school with a gun.

18 officers rushed to the school quickly determining there was no threat to students or staff.

Police tell us they have no reason to believe a person with a gun was ever actually on the campus.

Parents were able to take their students home -- after the kids were gradually dismissed by grade level because of the congested traffic and confusion.

"Quickly we started to begin to put together information and very early on in this investigation we determined there was not a threat to the school that the issue was an upset individual that had called the school and basically created a lot of chaos for Pinedale Elementary and it's staff," says Captain James Johns, patrol captain with the Rapid City Police Department.

Assistant Superintendent Matthew Seebaum says this is the first time Pinedale Elementary initiated ALICE protocol, and the students and staff did a great job.

Counseling staff from the district will be on site at Pinedale Thursday to help students with any psychological trauma.