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Cedar Lake police were called at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to MacArthur Elementary School in response to a report a student brought a handgun into the school.

The handgun was promptly found and confiscated by authorities and the student was removed from the school, according to Cedar Lake police. Cedar Lake Police Chief David Coulson said the situation was handled safely, without incident.

"There are very good protocols in place from both the school and the Cedar Lake police, and everything was handled quickly and safely," Coulson said. "Kudos to the principal (Marian Bucko) for handling the situation so well. It's an odd dynamic with it being a Crown Point school in Cedar Lake, but we work really well hand-in-hand, and am glad to say everything's fine."

Crown Point Community Schools released a written and verbal account of the incident, and said no threats were made to the school, students or staff.

"Today, a report was made to Douglas A. MacArthur Elementary School by a parent that a student may have brought a handgun to school from home. Immediately the handgun was confiscated at the school from a backpack," the message said. "At no time were any threats made towards students, staff or visitors. No one was harmed and the school remained secure throughout the entire investigation."

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In the message, Crown Point Community Schools thanked those involved for alerting authorities and for the quick response by law enforcement.

"We thank the Cedar Lake Police Department for working closely with the school and handling this matter swiftly, securely and in accordance with our school safety protocols," the message stated. "Appropriate school disciplinary measures will be applied, and today the student was removed from school. While the subject of this communication is upsetting to all of us, the Crown Point Community School Corp. and the Cedar Lake Police Department believe the situation has been addressed. School operations will continue as planned."

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