Fort Vancouver High locked down after gun spotted near campus

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: December 14, 2012, 5:22 PM

 

Fort Vancouver High School was placed in lockdown Friday afternoon after a passerby reported seeing someone shooting a pellet gun at geese, according to Vancouver Public Schools.

Pat Mattison, district spokeswoman, said the school was placed in a modified lockdown — meaning no one could enter the school campus but classes resumed as usual — around 12:30 p.m. The school was eventually placed on full lockdown — meaning no one could move inside the school, she said. The lockdown was lifted at 1:51 p.m. School was dismissed at 2:05 p.m. as regularly scheduled.

According to Mattison, the passer-by reported seeing three people near the campus, one of those people was shooting at birds.

Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department said there were no injuries and no real threat other than public concern considering the activity hours after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

She said police interviewed a 16-year-old student and seized a pellet gun. The teen was not arrested. Kapp said the district would handle the incident administratively.