Blackford High School confirms student had a gun, no one injured in incident


HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (WTHR) – Blackford High School officials confirm that a student was in possession of a gun Tuesday.

An official statement from Blackford County Schools says that at around 2:10 p.m. it was reported to school personnel that a student had a gun.

By 2:16 p.m. a juvenile was in custody by the Blackford County Sheriff's department and the gun was found.

According to school officials, no students or staff were injured during this incident.

At 2:52 p.m., Blackford County Schools posted the initial message to the community that the school was on lockdown as a safety precaution.

"Students remained on lockdown well after the threat was neutralized and as an additional precaution every student, every backpack and every classroom was searched to ensure student safety," wrote school officials.

Transportation at the end of the school day was delayed due to the lockdown. The delay lasted up to 90 minutes after school was supposed to be released for the day.

The school advised parents to pick up their students from Southside, Northside, Blackford Junior High School and Montpelier School.

Students who ride buses from those schools that transfer at Blackford High School were to be held at their schools until regular transportation resumed.

School officials also confirmed that a separate incident involving a student injury happened around the same time as the school threat investigation.

"Simultaneous to this event unfortunately another student had suffered an injury in our industrial technology lab. This student was transported by ambulance to the hospital," wrote school officials. "The timing of the two incidents coincided, causing speculation of student injury related to the threat. Again, this was a totally separate incident unrelated to the threat situation."

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