Crews work on the front windows during the renovation and expansion of Natrona County High School in May. The school was briefly placed on lockout Tuesday after a report of a person with a gun in the area.

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Students and staff at Natrona County High School are safe after a brief lockout Tuesday afternoon instituted after reports that a student had a gun in the area, police said.

When police arrived at the high school, they saw the student’s vehicle on Spruce Street and stopped it, but no gun was found. Another vehicle was pulled over as well, although its relation to the incident is unclear.

The high school was placed under a “precautionary lockout,” according to the district. The lockout was lifted at about 3:45 p.m. A student confirmed in a text message that students were being released from the building.

Spruce was closed north of CY Avenue, and traffic was being diverted west onto 11th Street for at least 30 minutes. It was reopened by 4:15 p.m.

Some of the teens left the scene on foot, but at least one was still detained in the back of a police vehicle as of 4:15 p.m.

District spokeswoman Tanya Southerland directed questions to police.

“NCSD’s first priority is student and staff safety,” Southerland said in a statement.

In a lockout, entrances to the building are locked, but activities inside continue as normal. In a lockdown, teachers also lock the doors of classrooms.

The district said all after-school activities will continue as normal.

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Star-Tribune reporter Seth Klamann covers local and statewide education issues.

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