Sgt. Todd Dokweiler of the Arcata Police Department confirms to the Lost Coast Outpost that police showed out in force in the Sunset area of town earlier this morning, after reports came in from Arcata Elementary that an adult with a rifle was seen on campus. The school went on lockdown.

However, Dokweiler said it was eventually determined that one kid saw a guy with a white squirtgun at some point this morning. That information passed from child to child, rapidly deteriorating in the process, until the panic alarm was sounded. All is clear now.