Gun Scare at Spingarn
Students and staff at Spingarn High School endured a scary--and chilly--few hours Monday after reports of a person with a gun in the building.
The Post’s Hamil Harris reports that a small expeditionary force at least four-dozen officers, including SWAT personnel and a special armored vehicle, converged on the school off Benning Rd. N.E. shortly after 11 a.m. after a security guard spotted someone on a stairway with a handgun.
The school’s approximately 500 students were restricted to their rooms before the building was evacuated and searched floor-by-floor with canine units. But no one--and no gun--was found.
Students were allowed back into the school just before 2:30 p.m., Harris said.
That was after a chilly few hours of confinement on Spingarn’s football field, where students were prevented from using the bathroom, they told Harris. Students said they dealt with a challenging and sometimes menacing envionment every day.
DCPS instructional superintendent John Davis, who joined police at the scene, confirmed that a food fight broke out in the cafeteria prior to the evacuation. There were no injuries.
“This is ridiculous,” said Shanice Jenkins, 18. “They have knives in there and they have guns. It was my dream to go to this school. But this right here this is ridiculous. I cant go through this.”
Fifth District police commander Lamar Green said extrasecurity would be added to the school for the next couple of weeks and that an investigation is underway.
“We take scenes like this very seriously,” he said.
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January 11, 2010; 3:26 PM ET
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