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A Jamestown Public Schools staff member is pictured outside the high school on Wednesday. Photo PJ by Eric Tichy

A person deemed suspicious prompted brief lockdowns at two Jamestown schools on Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after noon, a man in dark clothing was reportedly seen in the Jamestown High School area. It was unclear who saw the man or where he was in relation to the school grounds.

Responding officers were advised that the person, using cameras in the area, appeared to have something resembling a handgun.

In a statement, Jamestown Public Schools said East Second Street High School was placed on lockdown as a result of the suspect. A lockout, the school district said, means no one is allowed into the school, outdoor classes are brought indoors and indoor operations continue as normal.

A lockdown has also been activated at Washington Middle School on Buffalo Street as a precaution “related to a person of interest that (the Jamestown Police Department) was looking for”, the school district said.

News of a man near the high school prompted Jamestown police to survey the area. Officers then checked that there was no immediate threat.

In its statement, the district said officers remained around schools Wednesday afternoon.

Around the same time, the Olean Police Department in Cattaraugus County said a student from a district not in the area reported to his school resource officer. “about seeing something on Snap Chat about school violence in Olean and Ellicottville.”

New York State Troopers and other agencies responded, and both schools were put on lockdown.

Later, Olean Police released the following statement: “It has been determined by investigation that the possibility of a previously announced threat is not credible and the lockdown is now lifted and Olean City schools are back to normal procedures.”

Wednesday’s incidents did not come 24 hours after 19 children and two teachers were killed at a Texas elementary school. The attack in the predominantly Latino town was the deadliest school shooting in the United States since December 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Newtown. Connecticut.



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