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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:00 am

At approximately 8:45 a.m., on Nov. 18, sounds of gunshots were reported in the forest surrounding Rim of The World High School. School administration contacted the San Bernardino County (SBC) Sheriff and promptly went into ‘lockdown,’ mode, which meant that no one was allowed in or out of the school.

Upon arrival, a deputy from the SBC Sheriff Department patrolled the school looking for anything suspicious and discovered the trucks of two hunters parked in the woods behind the school.

According to a map of shooting restrictions in the San Bernardino Mountains provided by the San Bernardino County Fish and Game Commission, the forests around Lake Arrowhead - including the ones behind the Rim of the World High School – are closed to all shooting except shotguns firing shot no larger than 1/2 the diameter of the bore. This means that it is legal to fire shotguns with birdshot behind in the wooded area that is bordered by Dogwood Campground, Rim High, the Blue Jay shopping area, and some residential areas.

“Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Deputies went down there and saw a couple of the hunter’s trucks,” said Todd Beal, Associate Superintendent of Rim of the World Unified School District. “They hunt some type of bird.”

Minutes after Rim High went into lockdown, reports of a shooting in the woods behind Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School were reported.

“A student reported to the school site that he had heard gunshots in the forest behind the school,” Beal said. “We found out it looks like [the middle school student] was repeating information he heard from the “All Call” [a type of district-wide information sharing/alert service] about [the lockdown at] the high school.”

There were no further reports of gunshots heard in the woods behind either school for the rest of the day and, once the matter was sorted out at the High School by Sheriff’s Deputies, the lockdown swiftly came to an end at both schools by approximately 10 a.m.

State Law FGC3004a says you cannot hunt or discharge deadly weapons within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling. Nevertheless, all of the schools that serve the communities of Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs and surrounding mountain communities sit within an area that is open for bird shooting according to the San Bernardino County Fish and Game Commission.

Since there are no areas restricted to shooting around their schools, students should be wary of walking through the San Bernardino National Forest during hunting season, especially if they are wearing camouflaged or dark-colored clothing.

If you would like to hunt birds in the San Bernardino County Mountains, make sure you know where you’re allowed to shoot before you go. 

“A common tool utilized by hunters is the On X Maps app which shows property lines and shows where you legally can and cannot hunt,” said Warden Walter Douglas of California Fish and Wildlife.

The government also provides free, color-coded shooting maps, which are easily accessible via San Bernardino County’s website at cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/fishandgamecommission/shootingmaps.aspx.

If you would like to report gun noise, contact the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station at (909) 336-0600.

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