Gun Scare

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

A gun scare at Hononegah High School Monday put students, teachers and administrators on high alert. School officials ordered a lock down after receiving what they considered credible reports that a student had a gun in his backpack.

The lockdown happened around 8:45 a.m. Monday morning. Students were locked in classrooms with teachers for about an hour, while school officials searched for the gun.

“Everybody was like god I hope there isn't a gun at school and worried about the safety of other students,” says student Steven Hill.

At first students like Hill thought the lockdown was just a drill, but this one was serious.

"Through an interview process of questioning we do check it out to make sure it's not a hoax. And if we feel it's not we have to take the precautionary steps,” comments Ralph Marshall, Hononegah Superintendent.

However after searching the backpacks of several suspected students, no weapons turned up.

"I don't believe it was a hoax, that students honestly felt they saw something that resembled a gun. So it basically gave us an opportunity in a real situation to test out our procedures and practices,” adds Marshall.

Obviously Superintendent Marshall was relieved a gun was not found at the school. He says he doesn't think it was hoax and encourages all students to report concerns to school officials.


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