A former Belleview Elementary School student sent a text message Tuesday night to a current student saying, "I'm coming there," along with a photo of a handgun.

The gun had a lock on it and the clip out.

The school was locked down for several hours Wednesday as law enforcement officers looked for the student, now enrolled in high school in another city. Once they found him, the lockdown was lifted.

Superintendent-Principal Carla Haakma said, "I didn't see the specific word shoot but that was the intention."

She said the former student told the current student not to show up for school Wednesday.

"Why are you doing this?" the current student, a boy, wrote.

"For the entertainment," was the response.

Haakma said the two boys communicated by phone and text message Tuesday night. The current student showed the text messages to school personnel Wednesday morning between 8:30 and 8:45.

Haakma said during the lockdown that she did not believe students were in imminent danger.

"Due to the nature of the threat we contacted law enforcement and they advised us to go on lockdown while they're investigating,” Haakma said at about 10:30 a.m.

The school initiated the lockdown at 9 a.m. and remained on lockdown until about 11:20 a.m.

Niccoli Sandein, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, said deputies were on scene at the school.

“All students are safe and there is currently an investigation underway,” he said.

Sandelin said the Sheriff’s Office was not releasing any information related to the threat until they confirmed who made the threats and what the threats were. 

Belleview Elementary School, located in the Crystal Falls and Phoenix Lake area of Sonora off Kewin Mill Road, has over 200 students between pre-kindergarten and eighth grade and approximately 30 staff members, Haakma said. 

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