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"We have to check every child," said Shirley Copado, a communications manager in the sheriff's office. "The only situation we had was a student was presumably spotted with a gun."
About two dozen officers were seen entering the school wearing riot gear and two people were led out in handcuffs. Copado would not confirm that any arrests had been made.
St. Mary's County Public School system officials referred calls to county government officials, who could not immediately be reached by telephone. Calls to a nearby middle school and technology center that also were reportedly locked down were referred to the central office.
Authorities said they had an unconfirmed report of a gun, leading them to lock down the school, St. Mary's County sheriff's office officials said. WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., reported three adjoining schools also were locked down -- Leonardtown Middle School, Dr. James A. Forest Career and Technology Center, and the Alternative Learning Center.
Copado said no one had been shot, but another student was taken out of the school with an unrelated medical emergency.
Officers in riot gear searched a locked-down high school Friday after a student and his grandmother reported seeing someone put a handgun in a backpack and approach the building.
The two believe that person was another student but weren't been able to identify him inside the school building, and no gun was found after an hour of searching, officials said.
One girl was taken away by ambulance after suffering an anxiety attack, and two construction workers found behind the school were taken into custody on unrelated charges of illegal substance possession, County Sheriff David D. Zylak said.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Well, the initial reports claimed a security guard reported the presence of a gun. Actually, it appears it was a boy and his grandmother who thought they saw some kid with a gun, and presumably they brought it to the attention of a secrurity guard, who passed it up to the cops, who showed up like gangbusters.
My emphasis. So, yeah, this is ridiculous. The war on personal freedoms rolls on, in the guise of measures designed to protect us. Lemme pose this question, what's gonna protect us from the police state?
How is this response a violation of personal freedoms? If the Police had blown this off and not responded and something happened what would your view be then?
My nephews go to this school, if the Police are going to make a mistake I prefer it be on the side of caution. When you are not sure of what you are going to need, you bring everything you have.