Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Toy airsoft gun threat locks down Summit Cove Elementary Monday

SUMMIT COVE — Summit Cove Elementary went on lockdown Monday at about 2 p.m. after staff observed two older kids playing with Airsoft guns near the school.

“It was not a serious threat, but I think it was a very appropriate response by the school to treat it as an unknown threat,” said Julie McCluskie, school district spokeswoman.

Officers with Summit County Sheriff's Office confirmed the two Summit High School students had been playing airsoft in the wetlands, she said.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair said the two were not arrested and no charges were filed.

McCluskie said the lockdown for an unknown threat involved locking the doors to each classroom, turning off the lights, keeping quiet and moving the students away from the windows to a safe place.

“They weren't clear if it was a threat and if it was toward anyone in the building,” she said.

The SHS students had likely been released from school early after a water pipe broke at the high school and students were excused after 12:25 p.m.

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