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Schools on precautionary lockdown

Beverly Bryant - November 30, 2016 10:53 am

Ponca City High School, Roosevelt Elementary School and the Washington School Pre-K Center were placed on precautionary lockdown this morning after Ponca City Police received reports of a person with a long gun in the area.
 
The lockdown has now been lifted, according to the Ponca City Schools Administration Offices and the Ponca City Police.
 
Police contacted a man matching a description of the subject, but no gun was found. Ponca City Police spokeswoman Sherry Bowers said the incident lasted about 25 minutes.
 
Dr. David Pennington, school superintendent, said that at 10:15 a.m., Ponca City Police contacted the high school to notify them of a person in the vicinity of the high school with a rifle.
 
School personnel conducted a search of the grounds and inside the buildings.
 
“After that, we modified lockdown to allow students to move within the buildings,” Pennington said. “Because of the proximity of Roosevelt and Washington to the high school, they also were locked down.”
 
At 10:40 a.m., Pennington said, he was notified that police had talked to the individual who reported the sighting and the lockdown was lifted.
 

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