Missing gun led to Lew Wallace lockdown

2013-03-21T19:53:00Z 2013-03-21T23:26:03Z Missing gun led to Lew Wallace lockdownBy Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

GARY | Lew Wallace STEM Academy in Gary was on lockdown for a short period Thursday morning after a school security officer realized he came to work without his weapon.

Charmella Greer, Gary Community School Corp. spokeswoman, said Principal LaTanza Boarden made the decision to lock the school down because of concerns regarding the weapon.

Greer said there are five security guards at the school. She said the one officer did not become aware he didn't have his weapon until after responding to a fight in a second-floor hallway between students.

Greer emphasized the fight had "nothing whatsoever to do with the lockdown or the officer's weapon." She said they were two totally separate incidents. However, the officer didn't realize he didn't have his weapon until after the fight was over between the students.

Greer said no one was hurt during the fight. She could not say how many students were involved in the fight or if any were suspended or expelled as a result.

She said the lockdown only lasted about 20 minutes. Greer said the officer left the building and went home to get his weapon.

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