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Oak Glen schools put on lockdown after report of possible pistol on bus

Students at Oak Glen Middle and High School were put on lockdown at the start of the morning after school officials received word of a student possibly having a pistol in hand as they walked onto a bus in Chester.

Students at Oak Glen Middle and High School were put on lockdown at the start of the morning after school officials received word of a student possibly having a pistol in hand as they walked onto a bus in Chester.

Hancock County Schools Superintendent Tim Woodward said their transportation center received a call from 911 dispatchers saying that a citizen in Chester thought they saw a student carrying a gun walk onto a school bus.

Once the schools were alerted, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office responded. Officers did a general search of students, narrowed down what bus it could have been, and interviewed students.

The schools were put on a lockdown for approximately 2 hours.

Students were escorted from their buses to their classrooms by staff and the sheriff's department.

"My most supervision was in the schools, so I wanted them to be where the most supervision was, because on a bus, you have a large number of students with only one person, so I felt that at that time, our principals met the kids as they got off all the buses, and we got them directly to their rooms,” Woodward said. “They didn't go anywhere else, but our principals and police officers got them directly to the room.”

Once students got into the school, their backpacks were searched and put in a central location. After a thorough search, nothing was found and classes resumed as normal for the day.

Woodward also said the school communicates with the sheriff's office on a monthly basis to make sure they are prepared for situations like the one Thursday.

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