School: Connecticut events were on students' minds

Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM.

The Crestview Police Department, Okaloosa County EMS and the Crestview Fire Department were also dispatched to the school complex.

By 1:51 p.m., deputies downgraded the incident when it was determined the boy had a Sharpie pen inside of his watchman’s cap that a girl in his class claimed was a gun. She told their teacher the boy said he had a gun in his hoodie, the transcript stated.

Officers searched the boy’s book bag, desk and a nearby bathroom and no weapons were found. After detaining the boy, he “was interviewed and he denied making those statements (that he had a gun) to the girl,” the transcript stated.

“He stated that she would lie because she does not like him,” the transcript said. “He stated the only thing that he had in his hoodie was a beanie and a pen.”

The boy’s father arrived at the school and assured deputies the student “does not have access to any guns.”

After meeting with Craig, one of the students was suspended for four days “due to the disturbance caused by the incident,” the transcript stated. It is unclear from reports which student was suspended, and Craig said due to confidentiality laws, she was unable “to talk about discipline issues concerning students.”

“We have procedures we follow for suspension, and we take into account multiple factors before we take disciplinary action,” Craig said. “I praise my faculty and staff for following our crisis plan. We also appreciate the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Crestview Police Department for responding quickly and efficiently.”

The school was in lockdown for 30 minutes and then resumed normal operations.

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