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Central Valley High lockdown ends
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A lockdown of Central Valley High School is over with one student in custody for carrying an unloaded gun onto campus.

The precautionary lockdown began at 11 a.m. and lasted an hour and 20 minutes after the discovery of the weapon was made. Students were held inside classrooms until the campus was declared safe.

"The students stayed in their rooms, barricades and locked down," said Jay Simmonds, a spokesperson with the Ceres Unified School District.

The student involved was not identified. He faces not only criminal charges in the juvenile system and expulsion, said Simmonds.

"He's pending expulsion as we speak," said Simmonds at mid-day Wednesday. "It has to go through the process.

"We don't think it was a prank - just more of a stupid move."

He called the incident isolated and said there were no threats uttered by the suspect.

Simmonds said the gun was "pretty trashed" and called the gun inoperable. No ammunition was found.

The discovery of the gun was made after a brief investigation launched by the school resource officer and administrators, said Simmonds.

Ceres High School was unaffected by the situation.

Simmonds said that the district used its new ConnectEd auto dialer system auto to notify parents and guardians.

"We told them the students were safe."

The system is capable of calling or sending emails, voicemails and messages to pagers of all CUSD parents within five minutes.

The actual lockdown is a "situation we practice on an ongoing basis."