- The Washington Times - Friday, May 19, 2006

Police following up on a report of a student with a gun said they have no suspect in custody after a daylong room-by-room search of a St. Mary’s County, Md., high school, a middle school and two alternative schools.

At 8:30 a.m., Leondardtown High School, Leonardtown Middle School, the Dr. James A. Forrest Career Center and the Alternative Learning Center, all within walking distance of one another, were locked down by police.

St. Mary’s Sheriff David D. Zylak said a student and his grandmother were in a convenience store across the street from the school when they saw a young person, believed to be a student, sticking a handgun in his backpack and walking toward the school.

Police entered and searched every room and locker in the schools, using K-9 units. Mr. Zylak said it was “possible” that police were searching every student before releasing them, room by room.

By 4 p.m., however, about a third of the school’s students had not yet been released.

“We want to let everyone know we are taking every precaution to keep the students, the staff and the community safe,” Zylak said, according to the Associated Press. “We have no active shooter at this time.”

There were no reports of injuries, but the sheriff’s department did say that a female student at one of the schools had a panic attack and had to be taken from the scene in an ambulance.

The Associated Press reported that two construction workers were arrested behind the school when police arrived on the scene and found them with an “illegal substance.”

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