Safety Harbor Middle School students dismissed after brief lockdown

SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor Middle School was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a BB gun was found near the campus at 901 First Ave. N, authorities said.

The lockdown was a precautionary measure as authorities investigated what was originally reported to be a weapon found in some bushes on the school's perimeter, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor. It was later determined to be a BB gun and the investigation was turned over to campus police, Nestor said.

The lockdown went into effect shortly before the school's 4:15 p.m. dismissal time and was lifted about 4:40 p.m., said Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn.

Safety Harbor Middle School students dismissed after brief lockdown 09/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 6:14pm]

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