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UPDATE: Lockdown Over at Alburnett High School

Update from the Linn County Sheriff's Office: "On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at around 2:30 P.M., Linn County Sheriffs Office emergency dispatchers received a 9-1-1 report of a man with a rifle in the vicinity of Alburnett High School.  Dispatchers simultaneously dispatched deputies to the scene and contacted school administrators advise them of the situation. 

Deputies arrived at the school within minutes of receiving the call and secured the scene and began to search for the suspect, who on-scene witnesses advised may have entered the school with the weapon. 

During the course of the search and investigation, the weapon, later identified as a pellet gun that looked like a working rifle, was located on a school bus parked in front of the school.  A suspect (a 17 year old male student at the high school) was subsequently located and was detained for questioning.  A preliminary interview of the suspect determined that the incident was mostly a misunderstanding, as the student thought that he had received permission to bring the pellet gun onto the school bus and was merely trying to get it from a friends home to his residence.

Although students were allowed to go home, the school buildings themselves remained secured to ensure that no other weapons or contraband were brought into them.  Once law enforcement officers with their K-9 partners searched the buildings and found no contraband, the buildings were released to school administrators at around 4:15 P.M.  

The suspect was released to his parents and it is not anticipated that charges will be filed in this incident at this time.

Assisting the Linn County Sheriffs Office in responding to this situation were personnel from the Iowa State Patrol, the IDOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, and the Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids Police Departments." 

ALBURNETT, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Alburnett School District confirms the high school was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called on the report of a person carrying a long weapon near the school.

The school put out an audio message to parents saying the school will remain under lockdown during class dismissal.

After authorities determined the scene was safe, the lockdown was lifted and students were allowed to leave.

Stay with for more on this developing story.


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