UPDATE: Lockdown ended at Southampton High, Middle schools

Published 1:56 pm Friday, November 22, 2019

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The lockdown that has been in effect since shortly before for both Southampton High and Middle schools has just been lifted, according to information provided Supt. Dr. Gwendolyn Shannon, who added that school operations have also resumed.

Shannon stated that the reasoning for the lockdown was that the high school had gotten a report that a student had a weapon on the premises. The lockdown was extended to the middle school as a precaution since both facilities are joined.

On searching for that identified pupil, no weapon was found. But, a plastic Airsoft gun had been discovered. Shannon also stated that student has been put into the custody of the Southampton County Sheriff’s office, and appropriate disciplinary actions have been taken.

Both the school administration and division are continuing to work with the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

“The quick steps taken today by school administration, in collaboration with the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, were to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff,” she stated. “I appreciate your support of our school division as we continue to be vigilant in ensuring a safe learning environment for all students and staff.”