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Object at school causes lockdown

By Ed Brock

Some suspicious object that led to a lockdown at Morrow High School was apparently an ROTC training device.

Around 9:05 a.m. Wednesday a custodian at the school was sweeping the parking lot when he discovered three 3-foot long PVC pipes with caps at both ends, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. He alerted authorities in the school and the Clayton County bomb squad was sent to the school.

During the course of the bomb squad's deployment to the school it was suggested that the objects could have been sand-filled pipes used by the school's Reserve Officer Training Corps to train for rifle drills.

"We felt like it was fairly safe but as a precautionary measure we let the bomb robot destroy it," Turner said.

After the pipe was destroyed police determined that it was just filled with sand.

The school was put on lockdown but it wasn't evacuated because the device was outside in an area that was far enough away from the school, said Assistant Superintendent for High Schools Sam King.

"The safest thing at that moment was for the students to remain inside and on lockdown," King said.

There are a little over 2,000 students at the school, 190 in the ROTC program.