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GISH goes into lockout after report of shots fired

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Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 3:47 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Senior High went into a brief lockout Wednesday afternoon after there was a report made of someone shooting off a gun near the school.

Grand Island Public School’s Communication Director Mitch Roush said the school went into a secure mode at 2:45 p.m.

Secure mode, formally called a lockout, means students return to inside of the building, doors are locked, nobody comes in and there’s an increase in situational awareness.

This took place after police were notified by a concerned citizen who said they heard someone shooting off a gun in an alley, heading toward Senior High. Officers responded and found a teen who had been shooting a BB gun at dumpsters in the area.

The teen was cooperative with police and eventually was taken home.

The secure mode affected Grand Island Senior High, Barr Middle School, Walnut Middle School, and Westridge campuses

It was lifted at 3:10 p.m. after an all clear was given.

Captain Duering commended the citizen and school for their quick actions.

GIPS said in a statement “this is the system working and we are grateful for their service and dedication to student and staff safety.”

Below is the full statement from Grand Island Public Schools:

We want to make you aware of an incident that occurred this afternoon (11/17/2021) that affected the Grand Island Senior High, Barr Middle School, Walnut Middle School, and Westridge campuses.

At 2:45 pm, a concerned citizen notified School Resource Officers (SROs) that an individual was near the area of the school and appeared to be carrying a weapon. The safety of students and staff is our first concern. We take all potential threats of this nature seriously.

Once spotted, we contacted local emergency response officials. We ordered that Grand Island Senior High, Barr Middle School, Walnut Middle School, and Westridge Middle School implement secure mode.

With support from the Grand Island Police Department (GIPD), the suspect was detained and was in custody with the GIPD by 3:10 pm.  We also want to thank the campus SROs on staff here at Grand Island Senior High. 

This is the system working and we are grateful for their service and dedication to student and staff safety.

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