Authorities Unable To Locate Suspect Who Sparked School Lockdown

By: Amanda Lanum/Melissa Brunner Email
By: Amanda Lanum/Melissa Brunner Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office says it was unable to find a suspicious person who prompted reports that sent four Auburn-Washburn district schools into lockdown.

Someone called authorities around 10:30 am Tuesday saying a person was acting suspiciously in the Montara area. As a precaution, a USD 437 spokesperson says Pauline Central and Pauline South schools kept students inside and locked all exterior doors.

Washburn Rural High School and Middle School also secured their exterior doors. Normal activities continued inside all the schools.

While initial calls suggested the suspect might have a gun, some witnesses told the sheriff's office they did not see a weapon, but the person was exhibiting lewd behavior.

However, the sheriff's office say deputies could not substantiate the report -- no person or weapon was found.

The schools received an all-clear a short time later.


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