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BOULDER, Colo. — A student with a wooden color guard rifle prompted Fairview High School to be placed on lockdown and four other schools placed on lockout on Friday morning, the Boulder Police Department said.

Police received a call about 7:30 a.m. saying they saw a teenage boy carrying what they believed was a white rifle case near Emerson Avenue in south Boulder. No gun was seen.

The Boulder Valley School District said just after 8 a.m. that Fairview was placed on the more restrictive lockdown, meaning all classrooms were secured, the lights were turned off and students were being kept quiet and in place indoors.

Southern Hills Middle School, Bear Creek Elementary School, Community Montessori School and Mesa Elementary were placed on lockout, the district said.

The restrictions were lifted about 8:30 a.m. after police found the student and it was determined he had been carrying a white wooden rifle that was brought to school for a color guard class.

The student usually carries the wooden rifle in a case. But the case he was carrying was full of flags so he decided to carry the rifle outside of the case, police said.