Man, oh man......the institution of formal education is in love with these lockdowns.
I wonder if all the LE involved get commendations for their valorous performances..
I also wonder the cost, both per incident and cumulative, is for all the school lockdowns in this country...gawd, it has to be abig number.
Princeton Gun Scare Ends With 4 in Custody Lockdown lasted nearly an hour
By BRIAN THOMPSON and JENNIFER MILLMAN
Jun 3, 2009
Police took four juvenilesuspects into custody just before 11:30 a.m. None of the four suspects were students. One had a dark greentoy gun in his waistband that school officials said could have been mistaken for a real gun.
The four kids were apparently rummaging through some sort of trash dumpster and told cops that's where they found the toy gun, police sources told NBCNewYork.com. One of the juveniles picked up the fake gun, put it in his belt and started walking away with the other three kids when a woman spotted the gun in his waistband and called police. It's not clear whether or not she was a student.
No shots were fired. It wasn't clear how many people were on campus at the time of the incident. Police believe the incident stemmed froma bigger problem of kids from town going on campus and rummaging through dumpsters looking for unused alcohol, which campus security says has been on ongoing problem.
This is the message posted on Princeton's Web site:
Earlier, Princeton had cautioned students to stay inside while police investigated reports of a gunman.
"At 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, Princeton University's Department of Public Safety issued an all clear, and has reported there was no gunman on campus.
Campus community members should resume normal activities. The investigation was conducted with Princeton Borough police assisted by Township police, and the Department of Public Safety has re-opened the campus.
At 10:36 a.m., a male with what appeared to be a handgun was reported near the vicinity of Dod Hall dormitory. There was no report of any threatening behavior or injuries. Public Safety responded immediately by issuing a campus alert instructing people to stay indoors, by patrolling and by limiting access to campus.
The first report and a second tip led Borough police to four juveniles who were taken into custody near campus. The questioning revealed that the suspected handgun was a dark green plastic toy that could be confused with an actual weapon. The toy was retrieved near the Wawa on University Place.
The juveniles are not Princeton University students."
This is the toy gun that caused the scare at Princeton Wednesday: