Girls made up story about masked gunman at Kent school, police say


by KING 5 News

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 1 at 12:59 PM

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RENTON, Wash. – Three girls who claimed they saw a masked gunman on their elementary school campus Friday are under scrutiny after police said they made the story up.

The girls claimed they saw a masked man with a gun in a school bathroom around 1:15 p.m. at Carriage Crest Elementary.

However, after a staggering police response, nothing was found. Investigators said it was all a hoax.

The school was placed in lockdown for a search. More than 40 police vehicles were called to the school, and officers went room to room looking for the man.

"Two guys from the SWAT team came in our room and I didn't know what was going on, I was more scared than the kids were," said Kindergarten volunteer and parent Christine Mott.

The parents of the girls say they are sticking to their story, and are outraged that no one believes them.

School administrators have not said whether the girls will face any discipline.

Carriage Crest is part of the Kent School District.