Columbus Student Detained After School Lockdowns

A student was detained for allegedly bringing a gun to school. The weapon has not been found.

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Columbus North High School and Columbus East High School went into lockdown for about half an hour Friday morning.

A student who allegedly brought a gun to school is being detained after Columbus North and East high schools went on lockdown Friday morning.

The 19-year-old student was at Columbus North for a welding class when classmates told the school administrators that the student had displayed and talked about the gun to several people.

Columbus North administrators then called the police. After discovering the student attended classes at Columbus East, with the exception of the welding class, police advised both schools to go on lockdown. The police later found the student at Columbus East and detained him with no altercation. The student is still being questioned. No gun has been found, but police are still investigating the case.

Columbus Police Lieutenant Matt Myers says the schools and students took the appropriate actions.

“The police department wants to compliment the schools on their quick action and the students that reported it to the school administrators. The investigation continues, but the main thing is no one was injured here and hopefully we can locate that weapon.”

Myers says the lockdowns lasted about half an hour and are now running on a normal schedule.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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