Police help at school after gunshot

December 19, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Eight police officers helped school employees patrol Old Mill High School and monitor the comings and goings of students yesterday, a day after a gun fired in a hallway prompted a two-hour lockdown, authorities said.

Police said they had no suspect in the shooting, which did not injure anyone. A .38-caliber revolver was found in a men's bathroom about two hours after the shot was heard Wednesday morning.

At arrival yesterday, students entered the building, which is attached to two middle schools, through a few controlled entrances, and they left in the same manner in the afternoon, school officials said. The same procedure will be followed today, the last day of school before the two-week winter holiday.

The central administration also sent a team of counselors and psychologists to talk to students throughout the day. Superintendent Eric J. Smith visited in the afternoon to lend support to the staff.

Old Mill's principal, Arlenzard Liverman, sent a letter home yesterday giving details about the incident and asking parents to encourage their children to share any information about the shooting.

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