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Lockdown at Squirrel Hill school lifted after police find no weapon

November 23, 2018 GMT

Police and school officials have lifted a lockdown at Colfax Elementary School after authorities searched the school and students and found no weapons, Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said.

The school was given the all clear and students will resume activities.

“We’re going to go on with the day,” Pugh said.

Someone called the Colfax Elementary School office around 9 a.m. and said that a student had a weapon, Pugh said. The building was placed on full lockdown, meaning no one is allowed in or out. District officials were updating parents via notifications.


School and city police searched the school and the students, Pugh said.

The school houses students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner tweeted that she was inside the school while police where searching. Wagner posted that she was in a fourth grade classroom volunteering for a Halloween activity.

“The kids are doing really well here. Calm, happy & occupied. I’ve texted other parents to say it is very clear how well prepared our school is,” Wagner wrote in the tweet.