PITTSBURGH - An elementary school in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after an anonymous call of a threat, officials said.
The call made about 9:30 a.m. to Colfax Elementary School claimed a student had a gun, Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said.
The school was placed on full lockdown and a sweep of the building was conducted.
Officials said the building housing sixth through eighth grades was cleared first, followed by the K-5 building. No injuries were reported.
The lockdown was lifted shortly after 11 a.m.
BREAKING: Colfax Elementary in Squirrel Hill on lockdown after a call came in claiming someone brought a weapon into the building.— Liz Kilmer (@LizKilmerWPXI) October 31, 2018
A parent tells me they were informed by a robocall @WPXI pic.twitter.com/ziQVlhf6M7
Parents said they were informed of the threat through a robocall.
Officials said there was no plan for an early dismissal, but parents were able to take their children home if they choose.
UPDATE: police are sweeping the building, taking every precaution. NO injuries reported, no weapon found, at this point.— Liz Kilmer (@LizKilmerWPXI) October 31, 2018
Meantime many parents are standing by, concerned.
One received this text from his child @WPXI pic.twitter.com/OmhPgGoN3H
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner was in the building and posted the following message on Facebook:
“Just to provide any comfort to parents: I’m at Colfax in a 4th grade classroom volunteering for Halloween activity. The kids are doing really well here. Calm, happy & occupied. I’ve texted other parents to say it is very clear how well prepared our school is.”
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