'False alarm' sent police to German school

A large number of officers were mobilised

'False alarm' sent police to German school

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Local authorities say an alert about a possible gunman at a school in western Germany was a false alarm.

Officers were sent to the school in Menden after receiving an alert from inside, reportedly from a portable alarm.

"The report of an attack in Menden was a false alarm," the authorities for Arnsberg district said in a message on Twitter.

"Thanks to all of the emergency responders who reacted so quickly."

They also tweeted the message in English:

A spokesman for Menden police said officers had found no evidence of an attacker or any injured persons.

Students at the school were reportedly told to lock themselves inside their classrooms during the alert.