Glidden, WI School Put on Lockdown, Possible Gunshots Heard Nearby

By KBJR News 1

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM CDT

Glidden, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The Glidden School was put on lockdown Monday afternoon after the sounds of gunshots were heard near the school, according to authorities.

According to the Chequamegon Public School District, the school was put on lockdown just after 2:30 p.m. after a custodian heard the sounds of gunshots coming from a nearby neighborhood.

In a news release Monday evening, the Ashland County Sheriff's Department stated six Ashland Co. Sheriff's Deputies and two Wisconsin State Patrol Troopers responded to the call. The school was locked down as a precautionary measure.

"It goes over the loud speaker that we were in a lockdown, the custodian told KBJR 6 & Range 11's Justin Reis Monday night, who did not want to be identified. "The teacher locked their doors, papered the windows, turned off the lights and went away from the door in the corner. The kid's safety is my number one. Especially after Friday, we all need to be on high alert at this point so we don't have another incident."

County Authorities say people living in the neighborhood nearby the school confirmed they heard a shot or explosion, but could not provide corroborating accounts that would to a possible source or point of origin.

No students or staff were hurt. Students were brought to another school by bus where either they had to wait to be bussed home or picked up by their parents.

All children were returning home by 4:45 p.m.

The incident remains under investigation. Residents living nearby the school are urged to contact the Sheriff's Office immediately with any information they might have regarding the source of the disturbance.

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