CLEARFIELD -- The vast majority of parents and students did what they were supposed to do when three schools were locked down after a report of a gunman was called in to 911, officers said.
But not all wanted to do what officers asked them to do, said Clearfield Police Chief Greg Krusi.
"The vast majority of parents and kids were normal and did what they were told," Krusi said. "Then we had some extremely hysterical parents and kids."
And then there were some who were less respectful, he said.
On Tuesday at 2:24 p.m., a call came from North Davis Junior High. The caller spoke in a soft voice and said there was a teenager in the school with a gun.
A 13-year-old was arrested and booked in Farmington Bay Detention Youth Center for making that call and at least one other one from the school.
Officers also found no gun in the school.
"Our first concern is the safety of everybody, and we know some parents are hysterical and some kids are hysterical, but we just ask them to hang tight and we'll clear the building as quickly as we can," Krusi said.
Not only was North Davis Junior High in lockdown, but so were South Clearfield Elementary and Clearfield High schools. The three schools are within a block of each other and if there had been a shooter, it was possible he could have left one building and gotten in another.
North Davis has about 1,100 students, Clearfield has about 1,600 students and South Clearfield has about 550 students, district officials said. Clearfield High School's students were already out for the day when the call came, so most of the students had left the campus.
But when parents got text messages from students, then the reverse 911 calls and emails from the district about the situation and where to pick up their children, police had more people to deal with.
District officials have to wait until police give the all-clear before children are released from the school and from the location where parents can pick up their children, said Christopher Williams, Davis School District spokesman.
Students were led out of the junior high school, one classroom at a time, and told to put their hands in the air or on their heads, Krusi said. This ensures that if a student is carrying a weapon, they won't have their hands on it in their pockets.
Unfortunately some students did not want to put their hands up or decided it was time to point their hands at officers as if they were carrying a gun themselves, Krusi said.
"This is a serious situation, and officers are evaluating each and every student as they file out of the classroom, and this is not the time be messing around," Krusi said.
And some parents were not patient either.
They were demanding that officers go into the school and retrieve their child, said Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson, who was at the scene.
"We know they're worried for their kids," Richardson said. "But we first needed to secure the area, and we're not going to go up and get one child out. Their child will be released at the staging point when we get there."
Krusi said a lot of misinformation was being posted on social networks and through text messaging. His office was posting on Twitter as much information as it could when possible.
He urges the community to go to the official city websites to get accurate information if another crisis occurs.
The schools do hold drills of all types, including lock-down drills, Williams said. Law enforcement officers also train in the schools, so they know the floor plan of the building.
Ironically, on Tuesday several Davis County Sheriff's deputies were at West Point Junior High School doing some training, without rifles, Richardson said.
That training helps officers and administrators know what the procedures are, just in case there ever is a gunman in a school, he said.
It happened in such a way that none of the West Point students realized what was going on, Richardson said.
Williams said parents can help by trying to remain calm and let the police do their job.
"The police, teachers, principal and assistant principals' No. 1 priority is to keep students safe," Williams said.