2013-05-30 / Front Page / Breaking News

Three Jackson schools locked down after gunshots heard

By Andrew Martins

JACKSON – A shooting that occurred within earshot of the Holman Elementary School prompted three Jackson School District buildings to go into lockdown near the end of the school day on May 30.


The lockdown at the three schools was lifted at 3:25 p.m., according to a school district spokeswoman. Travel restrictions remained in place on several streets, but parents were being permitted to retrieve their youngsters at the impacted schools.


According to Jackson police, multiple shots were fired in a residential neighborhood on Laurelton Avenue at about 1 p.m.


Shortly thereafter at the request of police, hundreds of students in Jackson Liberty High School, the Holman Elementary School and the Christa McAuliffe Middle School were prevented from leaving school grounds while an investigation into the incident continued.


“Our goal is to keep the kids safe and happy until we release them,” district spokeswoman Allison Erwin said.


Students at Holman were reportedly outside the building at the time of the shooting, participating in annual field day activites. The children were rushed back into the building following the gunshots.


District officials said the lockdown request from police came just minutes before Jackson Liberty High School was set to release its students. Dismissal time at the high school is 1:38 p.m.


The McAuliffe and Holman schools dismiss their pupils at 2:27 p.m. and 2:55 p.m., respectively.


District administrators said that shortly after the lockdown was put in place, parents were alerted via email and automated telephone messages of the incident.


Parents were told they were not allowed to pick up their children from a school until police had cleared the area.


In response to the incident, police closed Manhattan Street and requested the school shutdown.


No injuries have been reported as a result of the shooting and police confirmed this was not a school-related shooting.

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