Cal State Long Beach Briefly Locked Down After Students Mistake Cellphone For Weapon

LONG BEACH (AP) — The campus at California State University, Long Beach was briefly locked down after two students on their way to class mistook a cellphone for a weapon.

Campus spokesman Rick Gloady said the campus was locked down for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon after a caller mistook a contractor with a cellphone for a man with a weapon.

Gloady says the phone was in a protective case that made it appear a bit larger than a normal phone. The school notified students via Twitter and on its website about an “armed subject” but later said it was a false alarm.

There were no evacuations and classes resumed as scheduled.

Earlier in the day, the school held a safety drill simulating an active shooter on campus.

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