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Gun scare sends Clear Spring students home

September 14, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring High School students participating in after-school activities were sent home early Monday after a man with a gun was seen near the school, Principal Michael Shockey said.

Three students walking about three blocks from the high school saw a former student in a pickup truck holding what they believed was a gun, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies. The students reported seeing the man to school officials at 4:45 p.m., more than an hour after school let out, Shockey said.

Officials arranged for students to go home with parents or in their personal vehicles, Shockey said. Deputies continued to patrol the school throughout the evening, he said.

Sgt. Tim Baker, with the Sheriff's Office, said deputies discovered the gun actually was a pellet pistol, similar to a BB gun. He said the gun was not pointed at the students.

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"They saw a guy holding a gun in the air," Baker said.

Shockey said the man holding the gun was a former Clear Spring High School student, but he did not know the year the man graduated.

Deputies said no laws were broken and no charges were filed.

Shockey said the students who notified school officials acted "perfectly. They did the right thing and notified us, and school officials went into a procedure to basically secure the campus."

He said school began on time Tuesday morning without any disruptions.

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