9/27/17 – The Columbus School District was briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday. Superintendent Annette Deuman says it started at 9:45am with a call from local law enforcement informing her of a possible danger from an incident in the community that could affect two of the district’s school buildings. As a precautionary measure, all three district buildings were placed on lockdown for what Deuman said was around five minutes. Under the lockdown, each locked room had at least one staff member and blinds were drawn. The district then implemented an administrative hold until around 2pm, as a precautionary measure until school officials were assured there was no longer any danger. Under the administrative hold, Deuman said classes resumed as normal but students could not leave the building or go outside in any way. Deuman stresses that at no time were any students in danger. Everything was back to normal, she says, for the release of students at the end of the school day. Deuman also had high praise for local authorities for their diligence in keeping the public safe, and to district families for their cooperation. Columbus Police Chief Dan Meister says his department requested the lockdown because they were looking for a person who made statements about committing self-harm with a weapon in the area of the middle and elementary schools. Meister says when officers arrived at the scene they determined that the person had left the area. Columbus Police are working with other law enforcement agencies to find the person.
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