Deputies clear soft lockdown at Valencia High

Officials outside Valencia High discuss precautionary safety measures with local deputies. Gilbert Bernal

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies detained a man after they received reports of a possible suspicious individual not far from Valencia High School’s campus Wednesday.

The person was questioned after a man was seen near the campus wearing all black and clothing that reportedly covered his face.

The reported appearance of the person of interest — “wearing some sort of mask” — is what prompted law enforcement to put the campus on a brief soft lockdown Wednesday morning, as a precautionary move. 

“The adult male did not go onto the school campus, and was found not to be in possession of any weapons,” according to a statement from SCV Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman Shirley Miller. “It was deemed no crime had occurred.”

Deputies ended up detaining a person they suspected might have been trying to get into a nearby storage facility — not the high school, Miller said. 

The lockdown had been lifted as of 9:40 a.m., she said.

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