Edgerton schools briefly locked down Wednesday

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Edgerton schools were briefly locked Wednesday morning after three elementary students reported seeing an armed person just off campus, a school official said.

District Administrator Dr. Dennis Pauli said the students said at about 10:15 a.m. they’d seen an individual with a gun in the woods behind the Community Elementary School playground.

Pauli said the entire district was immediately put on lockdown, which meant no one was allowed in or out of the buildings and students were locked in classrooms. Students continued to receive regular instruction as police searched the campuses around schools.

Police did not find a person and did not find footprints in the area where the kids reported seeing the armed individual, Pauli said.

Pauli said students likely would have been unaware that anything was going on during the lockdown. An alert was sent to parents at 10:48 a.m. to inform them of the incident and relay that police had searched and it appeared the report was unfounded.

As a precaution, elementary and middle school students in the district will be kept inside during the rest of the recess periods Wednesday, Pauli said.

Community Elementary, at 100 Elm High Drive, has about 800 students, Pauli said. There are about 1,900 kids in the Edgerton School District.