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2 Las Vegas schools locked down due to suspicious bag

Two Las Vegas Valley schools were locked down after the Nevada Highway Patrol reported a suspicious bag left on state Route 159 near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on Friday afternoon.

West Career & Technical Academy and Givens Elementary School went into lockdown while police investigated.

A man said to be a pedestrian left the parcel, described as a duffel bag or backpack, near an electronic sign on the road, a Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Students and parents were herded into a multipurpose room at Givens for their safety.

Claudia Nunoz-Jackson told the Review-Journal her daughter had texted her from inside the building.

“Nobody knows what’s going on, and everyone’s scared,” she said. “They weren’t told anything.” Even when the lock down was over about 2:30 p.m.

Her daughter and granddaughter waited at the school after they were released, just in case, she said.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl.

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