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Richland School District in Brief Lockdown

Posted: November 6, 2007 6:32 p.m.

RICHLAND, Wash.--Around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, five schools in the Richland District were put on lockdown.

A group of teachers saw a few kids carrying what appeared to be weapons near Thayer and Agnes street. Officials with the school district say Marcus Whitman, Carmichael, Lewis and Clark and both Richland and Rivers Edge High schools were on lockdown, but only for seven to 10 minutes. The weapon turned out to be a plastic toy gun.

"We're not going to take any chances when it comes to safety," says Executive Director of Human Resources, John Steach. If there is even a hint that there could be a danger in the area, there is no program that's more important than the safety of students so, we will go ahead and do the conservative thing, go into a lockdown.

Richland police did investigate, but there were no arrests.

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