Juniata Elementary lockdown lifted after report of man carrying gun in the area

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DUBOIS, Pa. (WTAJ) — A lockdown is lifted at Juniata Elementary School in DuBois after a report of police activity in the neighborhood.

DuBois and Sandy Township police departments were called to Juniata Elementary school at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

School officials made the quick call to stop students from being dropped off or getting off of buses. Buses were sent to a staging area until police gave everything the all-clear. Officials also spoke with parents who were dropping kids off.

The lockdown was lifted by 9:30 a.m. and school carried on as normal.

DuBois Police Chief Blaine Clark said at no time were students or staff in danger.

Clark said police interviews businesses and people in the area and were told this man is often seen walking in the neighborhood.

“This is a routine thing this gentleman does, he walks apparently to work,” Clark said. “He does have an open carry firearm on him. As far as we know, and the investigation we’ve done, he was nowhere near the school.”

The DuBois Area School District’s Skylert system sent out the following to parents:

“We have received confirmation from the School Police, the DuBois City Police and Sandy Township Police that Juniata Elementary school and the school campus are safe to return to normal operating conditions. All students, utilizing school transportation, on a delayed entry due to the incident are returning to the school. All students, who are dropped off by parents, may return to school at this time. Dismissal today will continue as scheduled. As an additional precaution, the vicinity around Juniata Elementary will have an additional police presence. Thank you.”

Clark said whoever reported the man did the right thing and if you do see something suspicious, don’t be afraid to report it to police.

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