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School on lockdown after teen takes gun, runs away

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Updated: 12/02/2013 6:16 pm Published: 12/02/2013 9:48 am

A 16-year-old who deputies said took a gun from his grandfather's car and prompted a lockdown at Midway High School is still not accounted for on Monday night.

The Midway High School and Elementary School complex remained on lockdown most of the day as deputies and U.S. Marshalls looked for the 16-year-old.

The Muskogee County Sheriff's Office said while they have no reason to believe this student is violent, the kind of weapon he has with him is troubling.

Teachers and police officers helped students get on to buses Monday afternoon at Midway Elementary School as the district's elementary and high schools remained on lockdown.

"Until we find him we are going to keep the school covered. It will be on lockdown -- we will be with the kids to help move them," said Sheriff Charles Pearson.

Pearson told FOX23 the lockdown will continue until they find the 16-year-old student who allegedly stole his grandfather's glock 23, 40-caliber gun and 45 rounds of ammunition.

Pearson said he has no choice to but consider this situation dangerous.

"We got to consider it right now, because he's got a 40-caliber glock with a large amount of ammo. That's something we only carry," said Pearson.

The boy has made no threat to hurt himself or others, but a sheriff's deputy watched the outside of the school complex all day as a precaution in case the boy decided to come to the school.

Some parents picked their children up early when the heard about the lock down.

"Don't know the boy. Don't know anything about him. We don't know what he's capable of and a lot of other parent don't either. Why should they take a chance sending their kids to school during a lockdown?" said Pearson.

An elementary school basketball game scheduled for Monday night has been postponed because of this situation.

Parents told FOX23 they were angry the district knew about this runaway student last night and didn't tell parents.

Some of the parents said they didn't even find out about the lockdown until Monday afternoon when they saw FOX23 at the school.

"They've been on lockdown all day, and I'm just now coming to pick him up from school and I'm just now hearing about it," said one parent.

Some parents heard about the lockdown and decided to pick their kids up early. Many of them left angry.

"If they knew before school started it should have been the parents' choice whether they sent the kids to school that day," said one parent.

The high school's principal Randy Shaw told FOX23 that notifying all the parents and having many of them try to come to the school would have actually created a bigger security problem.

Still, parents say they had a right to know earlier.

"It's just that we weren't notified earlier, and we had to find out from someone else in a different town and that's not fair to the parents," said one parent.

Shaw said the students will be sent home with letters explaining Monday's situation.

The lockdown will continue until the student is found.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/16/2013 4:38 PM
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He ran away from the school too. Wonder why he picked the school to appear that he's running !?!! Maybe he stored the gun in his locker? Scan through metal detectors to gain entry into school. Be a process just to be present? It may just have to be worth it. Most likely wether we prefer it or not iT will take us there anyway.

Daelyanna - 12/3/2013 8:32 AM
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This is why homeschool is becoming more popular.

Unwashed Mass - 12/3/2013 12:18 AM
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This much hysteria from a kid running away from home?

Mayor Maynot - 12/2/2013 10:02 AM
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