Meridian Police says a teacher was planning a World War II lecture and brought the shovel to school, but left it in their car. The teacher, who has not been identified, asked a student to go to the parking lot, grab the shovel and return to class.
It was at that point when someone saw the student running back to the school with the shovel when police were called. There were many reports that a man went inside the school with an ax.
"I turned on the news and I heard that there was an armed suspect, but I didn't know anything else, so I just came down here and I'm hoping everything is OK," Melissa Veltran, a parent told KBOI 2News during the ordeal.
A total of nine schools were Meridian were affected by the scare -- causing concern for thousands of parents throughout the district.
"My son is texting me and he's pretty scared, " one parent told KBOI 2News at the time.
Meridian Police said earlier that officers conducted a room by room search of Heritage Middle School. Officers were seen around the property with rifles.
Police told KBOI anchor Trina Cobbley that someone was spotted running with an ax at Heritage Middle School.
"They (the teachers) took my son right out of my arms and told me the school was in lockdown," Cobbley said.
Cobbley also has two nephews that go to Heritage.
Police said early on that no students were ever in danger. They identified the student and relayed to parents that everything was OK.
"Your children are all safe," Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea told a crowd of parents.
No charges will be filed against the teacher or the student.