Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School were briefly put on lockdown Tuesday morning after a district employee spotted a man walking on campus with a gun.
Police responded and halfway through their search discovered the man was a probation officer dressed in plain clothes on campus to give a talk to a class, said Police Chief Don Engler.
The probation officer reportedly overheard the radio traffic between officers and recognized the description of the suspect as himself.
Both schools have since been reopened.
Engler said although it was a false alarm, they were happy the employee called.
“That is exactly what we want them to do” whenever they spot something, he said.