OSSIAN, Ind. (21Alive) -- Norwell Community Schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after police received a call that a young male in his late teens or early 20's had been seen carrying what was believed to be a shotgun.
The caller told police the man was near the driveway leading to one of the schools.
Locked down NWCS schools this morning as a precaution from a suspicious person report in Ossian. Ossian PD gave OK to have school.— NWCS Superintendent (@NWCSSchools) September 25, 2013
All schools were placed on lock down as a precaution. Within a couple of minute police were canvassing the area. No one was found that would cause alarm.
The lockdown was lifted at all schools by 12:45 p.m.
Norwell Community Schools published the following statement on the district website:
NWCS schools were placed on precautionary lockdowns this morning because of a report of a man carrying a weapon or a gun near Ossian Elementary at approximately 7:50 AM.
Ossian police and the Wells County Sheriff department investigated and found nothing. The Ossian Police Chief, David Rigney, gave the go ahead for students to attend school. OES altered student drop-off and bus drop-offs to ensure student's safety.
Subsequently, the Ossian Police Department spoke with the man earlier seen with a gun allegedly near the Ossian Elementary School. Chief Dave Rigney said the man was walking to his car parked on Jefferson Street and was carrying a .22 caliber rifle, but he was going squirrel hunting with his father.
As of 12:45 PM, all lockdowns have been lifted."
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