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Arkport Central School placed on lockdown after sheriff’s department receives report of weapon

May 24, 2018 -- Arkport Central School was placed on a lockdown at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, after receiving a report from the Steuben County Sheriff's Department about a student possibly having a weapon.

No weapon was found, and no students and staff were harmed.

During a lockdown, students and staff are instructed to clear hallways, lock doors and take positions out of sight until law enforcement can arrive. The lockdown was downgraded at 9:30 a.m. to a "hold in place,” which limited the movement of students and staff, and then lifted completely at 10:40 a.m., when students resumed their normal schedules.

According to Sheriff Jim Allard, the sheriff department’s anonymous tip line received two calls within 5 minutes on the morning of May 24 that an Arkport High School student had a weapon and planned to discharge it during the school’s field days event. The school district was immediately notified and took appropriate action by placing the school on lockdown.

The sheriff’s department arrived shortly thereafter and requested a mental health team from the county to assist with interviewing the student, who was located at school.

After conducting interviews and a thorough search of the building and school grounds with a K-9 unit, the sheriff’s department concluded there was no weapon or credible threat.

“Thank you to everyone in the community who responded to today’s events with patience and cooperation as we navigated necessary protocols to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said.

 “We are extremely happy that no harm came to any member of the Arkport School District and will continue to investigate this incident,” Sheriff Allard said. “We appreciate the help we received from the New York State Police and the staff at Arkport Central School District.”