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San Francisco School Locked Down

November 10, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Students and teachers at a San Francisco middle school were rushed into a gymnasium Tuesday morning after a man armed with a handgun threatened to kill a teacher and robbed two employees.

No one was hurt and the students and teachers were safe in the gym, San Francisco police spokeswoman Maria Oropeza said. The man fled after the encounter and police were searching the surrounding neighborhoods for him.

``He went into the school and said he was going to shoot one of the teachers who had struck his nephew,″ Oropeza said.

After making the threat, the man, described as in his 20s, produced a handgun and robbed two employees, she said. She did not know what he took.

The man entered the building about 90 minutes before school began, when only a handful of teachers were on campus. As students arrived, they were led to the gym, district spokesman Roqua Montez said. Students arriving later were diverted to a senior center.

Eventually, students and staff went to a nearby elementary, where parents picked up their youngsters. Montez said the school will reopen Wednesday and counselors will be available.

The school enrolls 511 students in grades 6-8 and has 38 certified staff members, including teachers, counselors and librarians, according to the San Francisco Unified School District.

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