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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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By Washington Post editors  |  January 11, 2010; 3:26 PM ET
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It's amazing how they paint certain DC public schools as high acheiving. Wilson is supposed to be the crown jewel of DCPS.
Go there and you'll find the atmosphere chaotic and dangerous.

Posted by: eddiemacs | January 11, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It is not the schools. It is the element that go to the schools. Some of them rather be thugs than young adults trying to get an education. Unfortunately, such action disrupts the entire setting . . . even for those who want to learn. This is why many of them are as dumb as hell and happy.

Posted by: osmith98 | January 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

When and where was the gun-perpetrator spotted? Did someone say in the hallway? So, I am assuming the perpetrator got passed the security detail at the front-door? The time that is being quoted in the article is quite frustrating. Gun spotted at 11am...students let back into the building at 2:30pm. Now a food-fight happened in the cafeteria...when was the school evacuated? How a potential serious situation was avoided...considering if the gun was spotted at 11am...then lunch was could have been a gun fight instead of a food fight. Knowing that students were not allowed to go to their lockers to get their belongings for this come the students weren't escorted to the various other schools on the campus?

Again, this whole scenario will be blamed on Rhee and Fenty. Any bets?

Posted by: PowerandPride | January 11, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Dave Bing and Sherman Douglas attended Spingarn High.

Posted by: Theone9 | January 11, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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