Gun on campus puts Marion schools on lockdown

Schools go on lockdown Friday morning

By Ralph Hardin ralphhardin@gmail.com

Following up on a tip, Marion High School officials and Marion Police uncovered a gun at the high school Friday morning. The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown for a little over an hour Friday morning as police and school administrators handled the situation after someone reportedly alerted school officials about a gun. The gun was located and the student was taken into custody. No one was injured in the incident, although one student was reported to have passed out, but it was due to a medical condition. The school, along with neighboring school buildings, was placed on lockdown and then later evacuated. Students were let back into the building a little after 9 a.m. Although regular classroom activities resumed around 9:30 a.m., several parents checked their children out of school as a precautionary measure. One student was taken into custody as a result of the incident, but not before news of the incident made the rounds on social media. The Marion Police Department’s Facebook page was inundated with posts from parents and concerned residents looking for information. Amid the facts were a number of wild rumors, including claims of an “active shooter” and multiple weapons and students being involved. Around 10:30 a.m., Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley responded to the Facebook posts, assuring residents, “Everything is OK at the school. No one hurt. School taken off of lockdown. Weapon was found. Talking to persons of interest.” No explanation of why the student brought the gun to school was given. Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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