AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLos Angeles School Police received a call at 11:30a.m. that a Latino man about 19 years old approached students in an area at the school where gang members hang out, Lt. Stephen Dodson said. “He threatened a group of African-American students and said, `Don’t mess with my homies because if you do, I’ll come back and shoot you,”‘ Dodson said. Students who witnessed the incident claimed they could see the butt of a gun underneath the man’s shirt, with the barrel poking out below his shorts. “It could very well have been a sawed-off shotgun,” Dodson said. An announcement made over the school’s public address system ordered teachers to lock their doors, close their windows and not let anyone in or out of their classrooms. WILMINGTON: Rumors fly after Banning High School is locked down. The reason wasn’t shared with students. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Banning High School students were locked in their classrooms for about an hour Thursday after a man with a gun came onto the Wilmington campus and threatened a group of students. Principal Robert Lopez declined to comment on campus and did not return phone calls about the incident. School administrators said that a letter outlining what happened would be sent home with students. However, students did not receive a letter Thursday or anything else to clarify why the campus was in lockdown. “They didn’t tell us anything,” junior Josh Hernanda said. “I heard it was a dog with rabies that was running around the halls, and no one could catch it.” Other students thought dangerous chemicals were released from nearby refineries. “They closed all the windows so no fumes could get in,” student Robert Flores said. “I think there was a naked man running around outside the school,” senior Micheal Alcant said. A spokeswoman for Los Angeles Unified School District said the amount of information released to students is at the school’s discretion. “It depends on the principal and the history of the school,” Nadia Gonzalez said. “Since it’s an ongoing investigation, we don’t want to create rumors until we know exactly what happened.” Parents would be informed about the incident by a recorded telephone message sent to their homes as well as a letter, Gonzalez said in an e-mail. Many students said they weren’t alarmed by the news that someone was able to get onto campus with a gun. “It’s not that big of a deal,” junior Wayne Smith said. “I hear of people coming to campus with weapons all the time.” Gabby Proa said she was more upset with school officials than about a man with a gun on campus. “A guy with a gun is nothing new, I mean we live in Wilmington,” the senior said. “But when we ask them why we’re on lockdown, they just say, `Don’t worry about it, we’ll handle it.’ So if something does happen and we do get shot, we don’t even know why.” Police searched the campus and the surrounding neighborhood but were unable to find the man. Police enforcement will be increased at the school today, district officials said. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!