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School placed in lockdown after gun report

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on May 1, 2014 1:46 PM

North Drive Elementary School was locked down for about 30 minutes this morning as officers conducted a search for a student reported to have boarded a school bus with a gun.

The student, who has not been identified because of his age, allegedly shot a window out of an SUV along Evans Street some time before boarding the bus, said Maj. Mike West of the Goldsboro Police Department.

"Officers responding attempted to intercept the student before he got off the bus at school," West said. "The student was already off of the bus when officers arrived."

The school was locked down between 7:45 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. for about half an hour while Goldsboro officers made a search of the school and located the student who did not have the gun at the time.

Officers located a BB gun behind a residence on Evans Street that they believe caused the damage to the SUV window.

The BB gun was seized for evidence and a report on the damages will follow.

"The student shot the window out of the SUV and ran around behind the house to ditch the BB gun before boarding the bus," West said.

Ken Derksen, director of communication services for the school system, confirmed that the school had been on lockdown and that the student, a fourth-grader, was apprehended after the investigation.

He said parent letters would be going home with students today, informing them of the situation.