Maypearl ISD was placed under "shelter in place" protocol after high school administration received a tip that a gun was on campus Friday.
Administrators made the decision to shelter in place shortly after 11 a.m. The district posted on its Facebook at 11:37 a.m. that, at that time, there was "no immediate threat to students. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that safety of all student and staff."
After the investigation led by Maypearl ISD Police Chief Scott Shepherd, no gun was located on campus.
Maypearl ISD superintendent Ritchie Bowling elaborated on the extensive process to clear MHS of any potential threat.
While the first two-thirds of the building were swept, students in that area were taken to wait in the cafeteria. The cafeteria was swept first. Then, as each class and gym were swept, students and staff were escorted to the cafeteria.
Bowling ensured meals were served and restroom breaks were allowed.
During the process, all students were closely monitored, as well as, all entrances and exits.
The investigation closed at approximately 4:30 p.m.
In an over-abundance of caution, Maypearl Middle School and Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary School were later placed on lockdown, as well. No one was permitted to enter or leave any of the campuses. The shelter in place protocol was implemented to neutralize the situation.
The Ellis County Sheriff's Department, Maypearl Police Department and Interquest Detection Canines assisted with the investigation.
Sheriff's deputies worked in conjunction with Shepherd to sweep the rooms at the high school.
Students' backpacks and personal belongings were searched through at the MHS. Belongings that have not been picked up can be done so Saturday from 8 — 10 a.m. in the high school office.
This is the second school safety concern at MHS in the past two months, as a 17-year-old student was previously arrested at MHS for taking an unloaded gun to school and onto campus.
That situation was neutralized within four minutes of the student entering the high school. The individual was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of fewer than 28 grams of a Grade 3 controlled substance.
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