Two students arrested after Lakewood lockdown
Lakewood High School was on lockdown for over an hour today after a tip that a student had a gun on campus. St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman Mike Puetz said no real gun was found on campus though two students were arrested - one for disrupting a school function because of possession of a fake gun and the other for possessing an ice pick.
Lakewood went into lockdown at 10:15 a.m. within two to three minutes after the school was given the tip about a gun. During a lockdown students stay in their classrooms, the doors are locked, the windows are covered and the lights are turned off.
The campus was turned over to the St. Petersburg Police Department, principal Bob Vicari said.
"They did their own investigation," Vicari said, though he did not give any more details. "When they determine that the campus is fully safe and that everything is resolved, that's when they tell me I can let everybody go back to class."
Initially Vicari announced over the intercom that a student was arrested after a gun was found in a student's backpack.
"We did in fact find a gun in a backpack," he said over the intercom. "The kid was arrested and will not be returning to a Pinellas County school."
That information was later corrected by a tweet from the St. Petersburg Police Department, saying that the gun was not real.
Puetz said no information about the students who were arrested was available.
Students said they were concerned when they didn't know what was going on.
"At first I didn't think it was real. I thought it was like a drill or something," freshman Tabitha Paquette said.
The lockdown was lifted at 11:38 a.m. and Lakewood students proceeded with the rest of the school day.
- SNN Staff Writers Daylan Perkins, Zoe Blair-Andrews and Bobbie Wright contributed to this story.