Magazine with live ammo found on campus forces lockout at Harrison High School

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A magazine filled with live ammunition was found at Harrison High School Wednesday morning, forcing an immediate lockout as police tried to locate a weapon.

Harrison School District Security Director John Taylor said it was a teacher who found the loaded magazine in a hallway just as school was starting.

"There was no tip. It actually was just a teacher stumbling across it. It was found in one of the hallways along where the lockers are ... as you can guess, that wing of lockers was the first area we went through.

"It was just laying on the ground."

District 2 said in a message to parents that after a "thorough" sweep of the school, no weapon was ever located.

"The building was searched first: all the lockers, all the restrooms, things of that nature," Taylor said. "Nothing came up."

During the search, students remained in their first-period classroom.

"We had to check the students that were in the school. That means going through their backpacks, as well as a brief search of their pockets," Taylor said.

Teachers and other staff were searched as well.

Police and security staff were unable to find anything that traced the magazine back to a student. The investigation is still ongoing.

The district says the schedule Thursday will be normal and there will be extra security present.

"We feel real comfortable having classes tomorrow so we are going to take extra precautions and bring in extra things that we need to do to make sure that happens but definitely feel safe and comfortable that we can run school tomorrow," said Principal Pete Vargas.

Below is the text from the letter sent to parents:

Dear Parents,

This letter is to inform you that a security incident occurred at Harrison High School today. Our school district is committed to the safety and education of all our students. We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

Harrison High School was placed on a lockout after staff found a magazine with live ammunition was found shortly before 8:00 a.m. this morning. Harrison School District Two’s Security and Colorado Springs Police Department immediately conducted an investigation. Students and staff were searched as well as a thorough search of the premises. No weapon was found. At no time were students and staff in danger.

Please discuss this incident with your student and emphasize that it is against the law to bring weapons of any type to school. Also, please emphasize the importance of telling you or a staff member if there is a weapon at school. In this way, we are all working together to keep our school safe.

Harrison High School will hold an early release at 1:00 p.m. today and will remain on a regular schedule tomorrow, December 6, 2018, with increased security for the remainder of the week.

Sincerely,
Harrison School District Two