Gilmer Elementary School put on lockdown

Gilmer ISD
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 11:39am

Teachers and students recieved a scare Thursday morning when the Gilmer Elementary School was placed on lockdown.

Shortly after 9:15 a.m., a second grader reported they saw an unknown person leaving the restroom area. The school was immediately placed on lockdown for an hour and tapes were reviewed to make sure no students were missing, according to Gilmer ISD.

During tape review, they discovered the child's story didnt match up with what the student was saying. The child confessed to giving a false report.

All parents in the district were notified of the lockdown by an automated phone call system and Facebook.

The school's prinicipal released the following statement:

Today a student made a report that an unidentified man was in the school building. The building was locked down immediately. In our investigation, we did not find any unauthorized people in the building. This was also confirmed on our video surveillance cameras. We are confident that no intruder was in the building. Due to the report and as a safety precaution, campus administration made the decision to lock down the building and call the police. The lock down procedure went extremely well and everyone is safe. Our kids and teachers did a great job. We are continuing to work with Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and Gilmer Police Department in this investigation. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. It is our goal to make sure you are confident in our safety procedures.



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