Blue Ridge schools undergo lockdown on Monday

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MANSFIELD – Our partners at the News-Gazette report a stolen gun put Blue Ridge schools into a soft lockdown on Monday, March 8.

Piatt County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. J.D. Russell told the News-Gazette that a firearm had been reported stolen from Soft Source, located in the 500 block of West Oliver Street in Mansfield. On Monday, someone reported two males acting suspiciously near the Mansfield post office and alerted the authorities.

Reporter Steve Hoffman writes the Sheriff’s Department then notified the school, and it went into a non-emergency lockdown. This means classes were held as usual, but no one from the outside was allowed to enter the school.

This lockdown was in effect for all Blue Ridge schools, including the high school and Schneider Elementary in Farmer City and the Intermediate and Junior High School in Mansfield. They were on lockdown from 8:10 – 11:15 AM, according to the News-Gazette.

“We thought it might be related to our case based on the description, but that did not pan out. But the follow-up to it might have given us good information on the gun theft,” Russell told the News-Gazette.

No weapons were found on the school campuses.

The full article from the News-Gazette can be found here.

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