Investigation Continues in Ella White School Lockdown Incident
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:05:22 EST
Authorities continue to investigate a report of a suspect allegedly carrying a handgun near Ella White Elementary School Thursday, which forced schools to go into lockdown mode.
At around 10:00 a.m., several law enforcement agencies responded on the report of an unknown male subject, possibly armed with a handgun, observed on the grounds of the school.
The subject fled suddenly and was last seen on foot heading towards Blair Street, but never did enter the school and nobody was injured.
Law enforcement searched the area, detaining and questioning several subjects who were released.
While the search continued, school staff implemented lockdown protocols and other school buildings in the district also implemented additional security measures as a precaution.
Working with law enforcement, school staff initially released a few students, and then an all clear was issued just after 12:30 when parents started picking up children.
The subject was described as an older white male, possibly mid-50's, and approximately 200 pounds. His features also included darker scruffy facial hair, bushy eyebrows, and a larger nose. The subject was reportedly wearing a blueish colored hoodie-type jacket.
A forensic artist is assisting with the investigation and a sketch of the subject will be released once completed. Police are asking for citizens help and contact the Alpena City Police Department at (989-354-1800) if they can provide any information that would assist with the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office and Alpena Public Schools received
information about an Instagram post being circulated by students within the school district saying “Don’t come to school – March 2nd 2018 – no snitches."
The Sheriff’s Office was able to determine the post was submitted by an Instagram user in Englewood, California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office was contacted who stated an arrest was made regarding the Instagram post and the threat was intended for Lennox Middle School in California.
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