Park Crossing High School off lockdown following incident Tuesday

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 11:46 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Public School officials are asking students of Park Crossing High School to attend class early on Wednesday after a situation prompted a campus lockdown Tuesday.

According to Senior Communications Director Tom Salter, there was an altercation between two students in one of the school's hallways. During the struggle what may have been a weapon fell from the pocket of one of the students. The item was then picked up by another student.

Salter says as soon as administration became aware of the incident, the school was placed on lockdown and a search of the school was conducted. Officials also reviewed video footage of the incident. The student suspected of having the weapon was seen on video leaving campus, Salter said.

Montgomery police were called to the campus to investigate. Capt. Regina Duckett says, at this time, a firearm has not been located.

Salter says once the administration was confident there were no weapons on campus, the lockdown was lifted.

The following message was sent to parents from Park Crossing Principal Tracy Hubbert:

Parents, this is Park Crossing Principal Tracy Hubbert. There was an altercation this morning between two male students. During the scuffle, what appears to be a gun fell from one of the student's pockets. It was picked up by a third student. When I became aware of this, I put the  school on lockdown and began to search the school and review video. We believe the student who was given the weapon has left campus and there is no danger to students. We will have extra security on campus. Also beginning tomorrow morning, we will use metal detectors at each entrance to screen for weapons. Please have your child arrive at school a little earlier than normal to ensure we can complete the screening process before the first bell. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation and your continued support of Park Crossing High School.

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