Michigan City police investigate whether person had gun in school

2014-03-14T18:08:00Z 2014-03-14T23:14:10Z Michigan City police investigate whether person had gun in schoolStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 14, 2014 6:08 pm  • 

Michigan City Police on Friday were still investigating an altercation possibly involving a gun that spilled into a school.

A student in the alternative education program at the AK Smith Career Center, 817 Lafayette St., was just dismissed Thursday when he encountered two males outside the building, said Betsy Kohn, a spokesperson for the Michigan City Area Schools.

During a verbal exchange, a fourth individual pulled up and stepped out of a car then all four of the males made their way through the front doors of the school into the lobby, Kohn said.

All four subjects were continuing the verbal exchange when several witnesses reported seeing one of the males with a partially concealed gun.

It wasn't long before the student and male in the vehicle fled out of the school together, Kohn said.

The driver and the other two subjects were not students at the school, which primarily is used for the vocational education program of local students.

If there was a gun, the firearm was never drawn or pointed, police said.

Video surveillance was unable to confirm whether anyone had a gun.

Kohn said the doors are kept locked when school is in session and unlocked for visitors who must be cleared first to come in during those times.

The altercation occurred when students after dismissal were free to come and go from the building.

Alternative education there is offered in both morning and afternoon sessions.

Kohn said a review of security is always conducted in response to incidents on school property to determine if any changes are necessary.

Police declined further comment because of the pending investigation.

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