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Gun report leads to high school's lockdown

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

North Clayton High School was on lockdown for two-and-a-half hours on Thursday, after a student told a school official that another pupil had brought a gun to school.

It was the second time this week that there had been a report that a student had a weapon on campus, according to a school official.

Clayton County Public Schools Spokesman Charles White said the school was locked down, and police began checking each classroom at 12:50 p.m., after a student told North Clayton's school resource officer (SRO) about the alleged weapon possession. The SRO then contacted Clayton County police about the reported weapon on campus, White said.

Clayton County Police spokesman, Sgt. Kevin Hughes, said the reported weapon was said to be a handgun.

As police went from one room to the next, during the afternoon, each student was checked by officers with hand-held metal-detector wands, according to White. He added that the school conducted a "controlled release" of students at 3:20 p.m., meaning students were released in small handfuls at a time, after being checked for weapons.

No weapon was ever found, White said.

The school faced a similar situation on Monday, except that incident occurred after school. In that case, a student notified school officials that someone was carrying a weapon around the campus at 5 p.m., White said.

He said no weapon was found in that case, either, and that the two incidents are not believed to be related.