A student with a gun at a middle school in the town of Belfair led to a lockdown and panic. The town is around 70 miles west of Seattle. Originally, law enforcement sources had said that there was an “active shooter” at Hawkins Middle School.
KIRO’s Kevin McCarthy reports that situation is not being treated as an “active shooter” event. While KING5’s Joyce Taylor tweeted that the report is now that a student brought a gun to school. That information was later confirmed by North Mason School District Superintendent Dana Rosenbach.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. A Student Has Been Taken Into Custody
KING 5 reports that one student is in custody after he allegedly brought a gun to school.
Mason County Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling told KIRO that the alleged shooter was in the school’s cafeteria.
2. There Are No Reports of Any Victims
So far, there are no reports that anybody has been shot or injured as a result of the lockdown. School board member, Dinah Espedal Griffey, posted this to her Facebook page:
What we know right now from our Superintendent at North Mason:
Our campus went into lockdown this morning.
There was a report that a student possible had a gun. Sherriff’s deputies took the student into custody. We now have a report of an active shooter at Hawkins. Sheriiff’s are on campus.
3. The School Remains on Lockdown
Despite the update that this is not an active shooter event, the school remains on lockdown.
4. A Massive Law Enforcement Response Was En Route to the School
The massive law enforcement en route to the school have been told to slow. In a tweet, the Mason County Sheriff’s office said that there are multiple agencies at the campus. The message says, “We are clearing the school now.”
5. Police Are Telling Parents to Go to Belfair Elementary
Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling told KIRO that law enforcement’s message to parents is for them to “hold tight.” Later, KOMO’s Keith Eldridge reported that parents were being instructed to wait at Belfair Elementary School.